James Hardie Siding (also known as fiber-cement siding) has been picking up popularity over the past several years as an alternative to traditional wood, vinyl, and aluminum mainstays. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of using Hardie siding:
– Hardie siding is made up of a cement-sand-wood fiber-cellulose matrix, and as such boasts superior fire resistance. In fact, it is considered “noncombustible” when tested according to to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E136.
– Hardie siding is more wind-resistant than wood or vinyl and less likely to be eaten by insects. Though not 100% impenetrable to moisture, it is better at resisting water than wood.
– James Hardie Siding Products offers a 30-year warranty on Hardie Board and other siding products.
– Appearance: Hardie siding offers the gorgeous look of wood siding with a fraction of the cost and labor involved in its maintenance. It comes in a variety of colors and finishes, allowing a buyer the option to craft a variety of appearances for their home that pre-painted vinyl siding cannot offer. In addition, Hardie siding grows and shrinks less often than wood, so paint finishes are less likely to crack and boards less likely to warp.
– Eco-friendliness: The wood pulp, cement, sand, and water present in the construction of Hardie siding is recycled up to four times by the Hardie Company. According to this chart, it is arguably less harmful to the environment in its production and disposal than PVC, a major component in the construction of vinyl siding.
If you’re a Minneapolis-area homeowner curious to learn more about Hardie siding or would like to get an estimate for your home, contact us to get things started today.