There are many benefits to choosing fiber cement siding—one of which is having the ability to change the color if you should choose to do so. Whether you bought a home that was not exactly the color you want, your color preferences have changed, or the neighbor next door finished their house to look like yours, you can stain the fiber cement siding.

To stain your fiber cement siding you will need:

  • Ladder
  • Pressure washer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Fiber cement siding stain (labeled semi-transparent)

Step 1: Clean the Siding

You must take the time to clean the siding thoroughly. If you fail to get all of the dirt, debris, and mold off of the siding before staining it, you will seal it into the side of your house forever. Use a pressure washer to clean the siding starting at the highest point and working your way down. After the house has dried, inspect it to be sure that no dirt remains. If you notice any dirt, repeat the pressure washing process until you no longer see any dirt left behind.

Tip: To decrease the time requirements for this project, consider hiring a professional company such as Side-Pro, Inc. to clean your siding. They have the skills, equipment and knowledge to get it done much faster than you will.

Step 2: Tape off the Trim

Unless you have a very steady hand, taping off the trim around windows and doors is a necessary step. Skipping this step could result in a finished look that does not look as great as it could. It can be very difficult to complete the edgework around trim without bumping it once or twice and once the stain is on, it is nearly impossible to remove.

Step 3: Apply the Stain

Using a paint brush, apply the stain starting at the highest point of one wall and work your way to the bottom. Use thin, even coats of stain to avoid dripping and running. Thin coats will also help to expedite the dry time, so if you desire a second or third coat, the waiting time will not be quite as long. Apply additional coats of the stain until you reach the desired tone.

This project can be time consuming, but it is rewarding. You can give your house a complete makeover on a small budget that will not only beautify your house, but also provide an additional layer of protection against the elements.