How to Install Fiber Cement Siding

How to cut, nail and install durable fiber siding, plus caulking and painting tips

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Dust mask
  • Jigsaw
  • Stapler
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Speed square

You'll also need siding gauges, a fiber cement circular saw blade, a siding nailer and a 15 gauge trim nailer.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Fiber cement siding
  • 6d or 8d galvanized or stainless steel nails
  • 8d, 15 gauge galvanized or stainless steel finish nails
  • Vinyl mounting blocks
  • 30 lb. felt
  • Drip cap
  • Kick-out flashing
  • Paint
  • Acrylic latex caulk