The choice of siding color and design hold a lot of weight but it is ultimately the material you choose that determines how your siding will perform. There are a number of options out there and, fiber cement, which James Hardie siding is made from, is one of them. James Hardie has a reputation for featuring innovative products and this is very much obvious with their fiber cement siding offerings.
A composite material that combines cellulose, cement and sand, fiber cement has several benefits as a siding material. These include:
The Portland cement component of fiber cement lends its durability to James Hardie siding, letting it withstand impact and stay impervious to mold, rot and insect damage and resistant to fire, as a class 1 material.
Resistance to Climate and Environmental Effects
James Hardie Fiber cement works well in all climates, but is particularly suited to hot, humid situations. It is highly resistant to wind and rain, humidity and salt and will not become brittle even with intense exposure to the sun.
One of the best things about fiber cement is that it can be made to accurately mimic other siding materials. For instance, it can take on both the look and texture of wood or appear like masonry. Because of this, fiber cement siding is available in just about any style and shape in a wide variety of colors. James Hardie siding are factory-painted prior to installation but they can also be just as easily repainted when you’re looking to update your home’s appearance.
Factory-applied paint can last for years and the material is durable so there’s very little upkeep required to maintain the appearance of James Hardie siding aside from routine cleaning. Not only does this mean convenience for the homeowner but it also helps them save on maintenance costs.
Siding plays an important role in your home. Make sure you choose the right one with some help from your local siding contractor.