Each year, more homeowners consider green building materials in combination with style, affordability, and durability. One product that’s been rising above the rest is fiber cement siding. With improved modern manufacturing methods, this has increased popularity, availability, as well as style choices available to homeowners.
The leading fiber cement products come from the international-known brand, James Hardie – and yes it’s true, this brand comes with over 130 years of experience! These products stand out in the market today, because they’ve earned their reputation thanks to the many advantages and innovations their James Hardie represents.
Although many are familiar with James Hardie products and can easily spot them when they see them, some might not know exactly what fiber cement siding is or why it’s a beneficial building material to use. So, the purpose of this article isn’t to persuade you to choose one specific type of house siding. It’s to provide you with information regarding fiber-cement siding, so that you can include this option when making a decision about your home.
So, is it time to replace your existing siding? Perhaps you’re building a dream home, or adding an addition to an existing house? We often get questions from homeowners who need to replace their existing siding - is fiber cement siding the right choice?
To make things easier and for the purpose of this article, we decided to only list the benefits of fiber-cement siding. So, when considering your siding options for your new home or remodel, take a look at the many advantages of modern fiber-cement siding has to offer.
There is no such thing as one perfect siding material. Your siding choice depends on several factors:
- Aesthetics, or the look you’re trying to achieve
- Harmonizing with the area, neighborhood, surroundings
- Structure, building materials of property
- Protecting your investment, your home
Siding replacement is a significant investment, and here are pros of fiber-cement siding:
As well as strong and resistant. Fiber cement siding is a composite of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers. It outlasts most of its competitors, often by decades. It is resistant to many hazards, such as fire, heat, hail, UV exposure, snow, humidity, wind, rain and insects.
It's specified for different climates
And it’s recommended in all regions. It’s ideal in hot and humid climates, such as the Midwest. No matter how humid the weather, it will not rot. Also, it makes a great choice for tornado and hurricane prone areas, where wind-blown objects and excessive gusts are simply absorbed.
Minimal maintenance is required
The only maintenance needed is the application of caulk along the fiber cement edges every few years.
It's versatile in style
It easily matches different textures, such as wood grain, and stucco. There are plenty of option in color, shape and installation. It can be mixed-and-matched within the same project, or as an add-on to create a totally unique look.
It offers a 30-year or more warranty
There are many warranty options. The 30-year limited warranty may outlast your average siding by 10 to 15 years. With fiber-cement siding, you may likely never need to re-side your home during your lifetime.
It provides energy efficiency
As an entire installed system, it provides great thermal resistance, or prevention of heat transfer. Installing fiber-cement siding (along with upgrading windows and doors) should provide significant utility bill savings.
It takes just a short time to research fiber-cement products. All factors should be weighed carefully against the above benefits. Every siding has pros and cons. We discuss various siding solutions, as well as familiarize you, the homeowner, with cement siding products, features, offers, warranties and what coincides with your wants and needs, expectations, aesthetics, and budget. We consider your house type and location, plus so much more.
Also, we can review, other types of siding and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each material when making a decision as important as installing new siding or replacing siding on your home.
Contact us today for a free estimate and to start planning the process of personalizing your home or business.
Photos courtesy: James Hardie
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