Choosing the best siding replacement material for your home becomes easy when you learn the advantages of James Hardie fiber cement siding. With a stack of benefits, Hardie siding leads the industry with its popular HardiePlank horizontal lap siding and many other stylish options.
Get the perfect look for your home, while providing reliable protection from harsh weather, moisture intrusion, and pests with this outstanding siding product.
Read on to discover why so many people across America choose Hardie:
13 Advantages of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
1. Tremendous Durability
At the front of Hardie Board’s pluses is its extreme durability. Its thick siding panels are made of cement, sand, and cellulose, delivering strength and longevity you’ll love. This unique siding lasts up to 50 years when installed properly and maintained well.
2. Reliable Protection from the Weather
Hardie siding is Engineered for Climate. After studying the weather’s long-term impact on siding, the Hardie company devised a solution: the HardieZone system. Hardie siding has specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product will be installed.
Hardie’s HZ5 product is perfect for Pennsylvania homes. It resists wet and freezing conditions. Its moisture resistance ensures your siding won’t rot or mold, protecting your home from damage.
3. Exceptional Beauty
The eye-catching curb appeal Hardie siding delivers accents your home’s finest features and boosts its stylish look. Hardie can mimic the appearance of wood siding, and homeowners love it because they enjoy wood’s charm without its tedious maintenance requirements.
4. Lasting Color
Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology delivers factory baked-on color options that resist fading so your siding will look fabulous without excessive maintenance. The durable proprietary finish optimizes adhesion to give you a low-maintenance exterior. ColorPlus technology’s UV resistance keeps your home’s color vibrant and new.
5. Outstanding Return on Investment
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, fiber cement siding yields the highest return on investment (ROI) of any major exterior remodeling project, making it a sound investment for your property. Based on an independent survey of 240 single-family residential builders nationally—91% of builders agree that fiber cement siding increases a home’s appraisal value.
When you choose Hardie siding, you add tremendous value to your home. When it’s time to sell, buyers will be thrilled with durable Hardie siding protecting their future investment.
6. Tested Strength
HardiePlank lap siding earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. This sought-after mark of quality is granted after a product’s rigorous evaluation by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
7. Low Maintenance
James Hardie siding requires almost no maintenance over its lifetime. Simply re-caulk it as needed, and clean it twice a year with your garden hose and a medium bristle nylon brush.
8. Fantastic Warranty
Hardie siding’s 30-year non-prorated, transferrable, limited warranty gives homeowners peace of mind that they’re well covered. Hiring a James Hardie Preferred Contractor to install your siding according to the manufacturer’s best practices ensures your warranty remains intact.
9. Variety of Styles
When you decide on James Hardie siding for your home, you get to select the perfect style to complement your property’s unique architectural elements. Choose one or a combination of products to add visual appeal you’ll enjoy for years.
Here are some favorites: the ever-popular HardiePlank horizontal lap siding, HardiePanel vertical panels (think Board-and-Batten look), HardieShingle which mimics the look of cedar shakes, HardieSoffit to protect your roof and eaves, and HardieTrim to accent your doors, windows, and design elements.
10. Environmentally Friendly
Hardie siding is one of the greenest siding brands out there. They use sustainable practices and natural materials in the siding’s makeup.
11. Class A Fire Resistance
Hardie has a Class A fire-resistant rating, the highest rating a siding material can receive. It is non-combustible, so it won’t ignite even if exposed to extreme heat and won’t become fuel to an existing fire. Some insurance companies offer discounted homeowner’s rates for those with homes covered in fire-resistant fiber cement siding.
12. Pest Resistance
Hardie siding resists pests, including termites and carpenter ants. It also won’t attract rodents or woodpeckers. Why? Because it is inedible! You won’t have to be bothered with the costly hassles of pest extermination and siding repair because pests are not attracted to it.
13. The Recognized Leader
James Hardie brand products cover the sides of over 10 million homes across North America. They’ve won the hearts of the remodeling industry and their customers with their product’s beauty, longevity, and durability. The track record of success Hardie siding has experienced speaks for itself and gives people peace of mind about its reliability, ROI, and longevity.
Some Drawbacks to Consider Before Choosing Your Siding Material
1. Initial Investment
The expertise needed to install Hardie siding and its heavy weight make it more challenging to install than other siding types. The result? More significant labor costs for installation. But is it worth it? Yes! The longevity, beauty, and low maintenance make Hardie siding well worth the initial investment.
2. Repainting after 15 years
If you choose ColorPlus Technology, your siding’s color is warranted for 15 years against peeling, cracking, and chipping. At that time, you’ll need to repaint your exterior to keep your home looking gorgeous. The good news? Most siding doesn’t hold color as well as Hardie’s factory-baked color, so other material types must be painted several years earlier than Hardie.
Transform Your Home with James Hardie Siding Installation
At Preferred Home Improvement, we are an Elite Preferred James Hardie contractor. That means we comply with their installation best practices, ensure a professional sales approach, are licensed by the state, carry liability and workman’s compensation insurance, and pass a satisfactory background check with at least six past clients.
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