What Is James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding?

     

What Is James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding?

The exterior of your house, particularly the siding, is worth more than you might think. Like the roof, siding provides structure to your home and protects the inhabitants within it from the elements.

Then, there’s home value to consider. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, new siding recovers 82 percent of its cost upon resale in homes in the South Atlantic region. And that number doesn’t even take into account how much more difficult it is to sell a house with dull, cracked siding.

Finally, new siding is worth more than just protection and money—it provides the satisfaction to the homeowners who love the way it looks on their homes. The feeling of delight you might feel every time you pull into your driveway and see a beautiful home exterior is undeniable.

James Hardie fiber cement siding takes the exterior of your home to the next level. This option is affordable and, yet, is a clear step up from most other siding options on the market today. Here is a primer on James Hardie fiber cement siding and how it can enhance your home:

Fiber Cement Siding, Explained

When hearing the word “siding,” most homeowners think of vinyl and aluminum and do not realize fiber cement is an option, or they might not even know what that option is exactly. James Hardie fiber cement siding combines cellulose fibers made from plant material with sand and cement. This mixture is dyed and then pressed into boards that feature a particular pattern. James Hardie siding is still made of durable cement but can be designed with an appearance of other materials, including the rustic look of wood or the variety of colors commonly associated with vinyl and aluminum.

The Best Siding in the Business

James Hardie is the recognized fiber cement siding industry leader, with its products on more than 5.5 million homes in the United States. Though its siding out of the box is ready for painting, James Hardie also offers its exclusive ColorPlus technology that resists fading and UV rays and protects better against chipping, peeling, and cracking over time. And when you work with a James Hardie preferred installer, you know the contractor has been carefully vetted to install these fine siding products on your home.

Different Types of James Hardie Siding

When choosing James Hardie fiber cement siding for your home, you have plenty of options to choose from. Among your choices that we at BRAX are experts in installing are:

A feature of James Hardie siding products is versatility—whatever direction you want to take the exterior of your home, a solution is most likely available. Combining such versatility with a preferred installer will give you the look and functionality you are seeking from new siding.

Advantages of James Hardie Siding

James Hardie fiber cement siding doesn’t just look fantastic on your home—it provides a range of benefits that make it worth its cost. These advantages include:

  • Durability: Fiber cement siding holds up better to the elements than traditional wood and requires little maintenance over its lifetime.
  • Fire resistance: Because of its unique composition, fiber cement siding will not ignite, even when exposed to direct flame.
  • Outstanding warranties: James Hardie siding products come with 30-year non-prorated warranties (15 years for trim products).
  • Lower insurance: Fiber cement’s durability means you won’t be repairing it as much, say, after a hailstorm. As a result, you may be able to secure a lower homeowner’s insurance premium.
  • Green impact: Fiber cement siding is made with environmentally friendly materials and can be recycled at the end of its lifetime.

Working with a preferred James Hardie installer such as BRAX can maximize these benefits and give you an exterior you’ll be thrilled to see every time you pull into the driveway.

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About The Author

Ben Matthews is a managing partner at BRAX Roofing, a multi-faceted company that focuses on residential and commercial roofing throughout Maryland and Washington DC. Having obtained the highest certifications in roofing from leading manufacturers around the country, Ben takes pride in providing BRAX Roofing customers with top-quality exterior home improvement service and expertise.