Weather is tough on home exteriors, making it well worth it to select a durable siding material for your home. When investing in home siding, it pays to do your research. Siding material, installation practices, and even the method and location in which siding is painted impact how long it will last.
The most popular brand of fiber cement siding
James Hardie—a brand so well loved that it’s synonymous with the term fiber cement— protects over 8,000,000 homes in America with its durable siding. Known for their commitment to innovation, beauty, and durability, the James Hardie company manufactures siding you can trust.
Let’s look at factors that combine to make fiber cement siding one of the longest lasting siding materials on the market.
1. Strong makeup
Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. These ingredients combine to create durable, reliable siding that stays put during severe storms.
2. Weather resistance
Weather elements test the strength of siding throughout the year. James Hardie siding stands up to severe weather including hail, snow, ice, sleet, droughts, and excessive rain. It holds up well during the extreme heat and cold, and manages the change of seasons with ease. Additionally, it resists:
- The impact of windblown debris
- Unattractive warping
- The effect of hail
3. Engineered for climate
The James Hardie company studied the long-term impact a variety of climates have on siding. Their research resulted in the creation of the HardieZone® system, which ensures you get the best siding product for your geographic area. Their HZ5® products resist wet and below freezing weather, while the HZ10® products protect homes from the sun’s harsh effects along with high winds, heat, and humidity.
4. Pest resistant
Unlike wood or vinyl siding, which birds can peck at and insects may damage, James Hardie fiber cement siding is engineered to be unappealing to pests including termites and carpenter ants. Skip the hassles of the repairs pest infestation causes by choosing pest resistant James Hardie siding.
Five times thicker than vinyl siding, fiber cement gives your home substantial protection. While vinyl gives the illusion of being thick, it actually has a hollow space under it once it’s installed. Fiber cement siding is solid, giving you the lasting product you desire.
6. Moisture resistant
When siding materials fail, moisture penetrates them and can wreak havoc in your home—causing wood rot, mold, and mildew. Avoid the need for repairs by investing in durable fiber cement siding, which stays intact once it is installed. Its durable makeup keeps it from cracking. It’s also pest resistant, so there won’t be unwanted holes made in your siding. Since it won’t crack or incur holes in it, moisture is kept outside your siding where it belongs.
7. Lasting color
The extra benefit of James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology offers homeowners baked-on color that resists fading, keeping your siding looking amazing with minimal maintenance. Its UV resistance prevents it from fading so your siding continues looking great for years to come.
James Hardie siding looks fabulous for many years, saving you time and money because it doesn’t need replacing as frequently as other siding options. With installation from a James Hardie Preferred contractor along with proper maintenance, it can last up to 50 years.
9. Expert installation
Your choice of James Hardie siding combined with professional installation create the best outcome for your home exterior. Get the high performance you desire with the lasting results you expect with James Hardie siding installed by the experts. The James Hardie company thought of every detail needed for you to enjoy their siding for decades. They even train contractors to install it according to their strict standards to ensure you get the best final outcome from your siding investment. James Hardie Preferred Contractors offer you:
- A commitment to excellence—Get James Hardie’s installation best practices from a contractor certified to install the full range of James Hardie products.
- Professional sales approach—Get educated from knowledgeable staff.
- Superb ratings—Preferred Contractors have a satisfactory record with the BBB, and a homeowner “likely to recommend” score of at least 90% with GuildQuality, a third-party customer satisfaction surveying service.
- Excellent credentials—Ensure the contractor you hire has a satisfactory credit report, is state licensed, and fully bonded (where required). Their liability insurance of $1,000,000 per occurrence, and workman’s compensation insurance will give you confidence that you’re covered.
10. Reliable warranty
The James Hardie company is so confident in their siding product, it offers the best warranty in the siding industry. The 30-year non-prorated, transferable warranty gives homeowners assurance in their fiber cement siding product’s performance for years to come. The great news is, this durable siding can last up to 50 years.
The safety of your family is of utmost importance particularly in case of a fire. While vinyl siding melts and wood fuels a fire, fiber cement siding is heat resistant and fire resistant. It won’t contribute to a fire. Due to its fire resistance, some insurance companies even offer discounts for homeowners with fiber cement siding.
12. Minimal maintenance
Upkeep on your home’s siding keeps it looking in tip-top shape. One of the great things about James Hardie fiber cement siding is its minimal maintenance requirements over the years. Think of how much time you will save because you don’t have to regularly paint, caulk, or repair your home’s siding.
The most important feature in green products is durability. For a product to be green, it must be lasting. It needs to resist moisture, heat, and UV radiation—and fiber cement does all of these. James Hardie fiber cement siding was selected by the prestigious Green Builder Magazine Readers’ Choice awards for “Most Sustainable Product” of 2019.
Protect your home with durable, eco-friendly fiber cement siding installed by the experts from Lifetime Exteriors. Check out our recent projects to help pinpoint your specific desires in your home exterior upgrades.