Choosing the right siding for your home should take into account anything from good looks and affordability to durability and low maintenance. If you take a look at vinyl, wood, stucco or even brick, you may get a couple out of those four but not all. However, consider fiber cement, which meets all qualifications mentioned above. That’s because it’s a resilient combination of wood pulp, water, fly ash and portland cement. James Hardie invented fiber cement more than 30 years ago, spending more than $100 million in research and development, with continued investments in product advancements over the years. As a result, it has become America’s #1 brand of siding.
Check out these benefits of James Hardie fiber cement:
- High performance of masonry with beautiful appearance of wood, shingles, stone or brick
- Minimal upkeep
- Rot resistant
- Fire resistant
- Termite proof
- Resistant to wind and cold
- Low cost
Fifteen percent of today’s new homes are made with fiber cement siding, and that number is growing each year. As such, it’s becoming the siding material of choice for the next generation of home owners.
Here in the Northeast, the cold weather in winter can pose a threat to vinyl siding, causing it to become brittle and even crack. Fiber cement, on the other hand, can withstand the sub-zero temps of New England – even resisting those freeze-thaw cycles that can expand and contract siding material.
Why Choose James Hardie Fiber Cement?
There are so many reasons to choose James Hardie siding. Appearance is a big one. More than five times thicker than vinyl, fiber cement allows for deeper grooves with a more authentic wood-grain finish that looks natural. And with a more elegant look than plastic, fiber cement can even be used on historic homes to retain the original significance of the structure.
Next up is function. Take a look at vinyl for a second: it can melt in a fire, and can warp in portions that get a lot of direct sunlight. James Hardie fiber cement siding can stand up to heat, as it is non-combustible. Thus, these products are more durable, and are warp-, sag- and melt-resistant.
Compare it to wood, too. Wood is prone to splitting, cracking and rotting over time, but James Hardie siding is designed to resist weather damage.
With low maintenance requirements and a more affordable cost than other materials, fiber cement is the perfect solution for budget-conscious homeowners – especially today’s Millennials.
To learn more about how James Hardie fiber cement siding can complement your home, call Hi-Tech Windows & Siding today at 800-851-0900.