To start with the basics, Hardie siding is fiber cement, a product developed by James Hardie over 30 years ago. Fiber cement is made of three components: cement, sand, and cellulose fiber from plant materials. The materials are dyed and formed into boards that, as we’ll get to later, can have a variety of finished appearances. Fiber cement siding is environmentally friendly, noncombustible, and a great insulation material. If your home has a fireplace, having James Hardie siding could save your family’s life in the event that you have a house fire–a circumstance no one wants to imagine, of course, but needs to be prepared for.
Now in its 130th year of business, James Hardie spends $20 million annually on research and development to continually craft its superior fiber cement superior siding, and it’s been awarded many times over. In May of 2013, the company received the Good Housekeeping Seal from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute for its HardiePlank lap siding.
How much time do you have? There are so many Hardie siding benefits!
Hardie siding is engineered for the specific climates that homeowners live in, so you’ll get the right siding for your home. It can stand up to whatever Mother Nature delivers, wherever she delivers it. High altitude is no match for the siding it’s also UV-resistant, so you can enjoy the sunshine without wondering how it’s affecting your siding; the color won’t fade.
Hardie siding won’t buckle, warp, rot or crack. It resists mold and mildew growth–even in the St. Louis humidity! It comes with a 30 to 50-year warranty! If it’s properly installed and you take care of it (which requires minimal upkeep on your part) you’ll have a warrantied replacement, if need be.
We want to single out this fact, because no matter where in the country you live, you experience storms–rain, wind, hail. Hardie siding is more resistant to heavy impacts than other siding materials. And, hail damage is covered by the warranty.
It doesn’t ignite, won’t serve as an accelerant, and won’t melt or give off toxic fumes.
It reduces the risk of air leaks, and so keeps your utility bills low all year.
Termites, other insects, woodpeckers, and other unwanted animals won’t be able to breach the siding.
The fiber is taken from unused scrap wood and recycled materials. James Hardie was named the “Greenest Siding Brand” for the sixth year in a row in 2017 by the Green Builder Media annual Readers’ Choice survey. Because of all these great qualities, your home’s siding is less likely to need replacement, and so won’t take up space in landfills.
You already know it won’t crack, warp, rot, or buckle. It’s also incredibly easy to keep clean! A powerwash is all you’ll need to do, and since the color won’t fade, you won’t need to worry about applying fresh coats of paint every couple of years. Because it’s easy to keep clean, unlike other siding materials, costs are going to be kept down, so that’s money in your pocket.
As we’ve mentioned, there are a variety of Hardie siding products and styles. Let’s take a look at them now.
HardiePlank siding is incredibly popular, but since it’s available in four different styles and numerous colors, you’re sure to find the combination that makes your house unique. Select Cedarmill planks have the look of wood with the appearance of a grain, but none of the downsides we’ve discussed above. Smooth planks are an elegant and classic option without the wood grain. If you’d like a nice finished look, both Beaded Select Cedarmill, and Beaded Smooth options are available with a beaded edge along the bottom of each plank.
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