Are you tired of the costly maintenance of Redwood siding? We’ve got great news for you! When you reside with James Hardie fiber cement, you can enjoy the look of wood with almost no maintenance! Not only that, but your exterior will no longer have the vulnerabilities of wood.
Hungry for more cold, hard facts about the advantages of residing with James Hardie over Redwood siding? Read on…
Redwood Siding vs. James Hardie
Southern California homeowners who have Redwood tongue and groove siding know the tedious upkeep it requires, including the hassle of constantly repainting it. Here’s how Redwood siding compares to James Hardie:
Wood Siding Has a Poor Flame Spread Fire Rating
Many wood siding products have poor flame spread fire ratings (meaning — it burns rapidly and spreads flames). This not only can cause more problems if a fire occurs, but also may increase the price of homeowner’s insurance.
James Hardie Siding is Non-Combustable
Hardie siding is recognized by fire departments across the country as a noncombustible material. It may even help lower your homeowner’s insurance because of Hardie siding’s fire-resistant properties. It will ensure that your family is well protected (in case of the unexpected, giving you more time to get them to safety while the fire department is on the way).
Redwood Siding Is Susceptible to Water Intrusion & Damage
Redwood siding requires tiresome maintenance, including staining or painting every few years to prevent moisture intrusion. If you don’t keep it well sealed, your home’s protective layer can become compromised and water may seep in. Once moisture penetrates, siding problems cascade: wood rot, mold and mildew can multiply, and cause further deterioration. If you address the situation early, you may need a minor repair. If you ignore the problem, you’ll need major repairs and even siding replacement.
James Hardie Siding is Moisture-Resistant
Wood siding shrinks and swells when it’s exposed to water, and over time it can cause paint to crack and peel, leaving your home exterior looking lackluster. Wood requires more upkeep to keep it looking good, and it can get tiresome maintaining it. However, Hardie Board’s makeup creates the perfect barrier to water, protecting against swelling, warping, cracking, rot, mold, and mildew. You can rest at ease knowing your home is well protected from water damage when you choose Hardie siding.
Redwood Siding Attracts Pests
Termites, carpenter ants and powder post beetles (which are even more challenging to get rid of than termites) can literally wreak havoc on your Redwood siding. Pests can go undetected for quite some time, doing extensive damage without you even knowing it. You likely won’t see their small feeder tubes unless you pull a siding panel off. Your wood will sound hollow, become brittle, and break if pests continue to burrow. Over time, they’ll tunnel and potentially even cause structural damage.
James Hardie Mimics the Look of Wood but is Pest-Resistant
Because it’s a cement-based product, James Hardie Siding is naturally resistant to pests like termites, carpenter ants, woodpeckers, and more. Hardie Board is available in a texture that has the classic, natural appearance of wood siding. Hardie products are so thick, they have deep grooves in them that make it hard to tell they’re not genuine wood.
Transform Your Home with James Hardie Siding
As you can see, James Hardie has many advantages over Redwood siding. Hardie siding is also environmentally-friendly. At least 75% of the raw materials used in James Hardie siding are locally sourced.
You can enjoy all the benefits of fiber cement (with the aesthetics of wood) when you choose James Hardie siding for your home exterior. While some companies use inferior products under the surface, at Approved Contractor, we use James Hardie from beginning to end for the entire residing process.
Imagine the stunning possibilities of James Hardie siding.