When choosing the siding material for your new home or remodel, consider looking at eco friendly options. Fiber cement siding, a sustainable siding choice, is a leading “green” siding option on today’s market. Vinyl siding produces twice the carbon dioxide cement does during manufacturing. Vinyl (made of PVC) also off-gasses during its lifetime, and continues to do so after it takes up space in a landfill.
How fiber cement stacks up against vinyl siding
Fiber cement is thicker and more solid than hollow, thin, vinyl siding. And fiber cement siding gives you a greater return on your investment (ROI) when you resell your home. Vinyl siding may crack if a small rock finds itself airborne due to your lawn mower use, while fiber cement siding stands up to airborne debris as well as the weather. And when it comes to how fiber cement stands up to vinyl siding, it avoids the fossil fuel consumption involved in creating vinyl siding.
The longevity of fiber cement siding—due to its durable makeup—contributes to the fact that it’s a lot less likely to end up in a landfill than other siding materials. Fiber cement siding can last up to 50 years when it’s installed and cared for properly. In contrast, vinyl siding is usually stripped off homes in significantly less time, and is sent to the trash promptly.
James Hardie, the leader in fiber cement siding, shares your goals of healthy building. How and where siding is made contributes to its sustainability. Here’s how James Hardie siding stacks up when it comes to sustainability:
- High standards for the raw materials are used in its siding.
- At least 75% of raw materials used are sourced locally.
- The raw materials (sand, cement and cellulose) in James Hardie siding are low in toxicity.
- Raw materials are processed near their manufacturing facilities.
- The 10 manufacturing facilities support their region’s economy and decrease the environmental impact of transporting siding.
- Strong fiber cement doesn’t need to be replaced for decades (and requires little to no repairs), so fewer resources are needed.
Surround your home with strength
The strength of fiber cement siding gives it the endurance homeowners love. It won’t rot, resists moisture penetration, and won’t warp. It stands up to the change of seasons, extreme temperatures, and even severe weather. Snow, ice, rain, and hail don’t cause it to crack or falter. An optimal choice for hot, humid climates, fiber cement stands up to the harshness of weather 24/7.
Great looking siding
Boost your resale value with fiber cement siding. It can mimic the look of wood or stucco, and comes in a host of styles and colors so you can achieve the perfect custom look for your home. Get the Farmhouse design you love, and it’s also perfect for Craftsman, Bungalow, Modern, and Contemporary home styles.
Keep the bugs out
Pest resistant fiber cement keeps the bugs out of your home exterior. Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, and cellulose—none of which termites or carpenter ants enjoy eating. Because of its thick, durable makeup, you can live in a home free from holes caused by insects or even woodpeckers. And when a home exterior is free from holes, the bugs can’t get in.
Enjoy the non-combustible makeup of fiber cement, a real bonus when it comes to protecting you and your family in case of a fire. Although fiber cement can mimic the look of wood, it won’t contribute to a fire like wood does. Vinyl siding can melt in a fire, and isn’t heat resistant like fiber cement.
Luxurious low maintenance
While people with wood siding are laboriously working hard on its maintenance, you can enjoy the low maintenance of fiber cement siding. It stays put regardless of high winds, and outlasts other siding materials by many years.
Climate specific engineering
The James Hardie company studied the long-term effects different climates have on Hardie Board siding products. The outcome of their research brought about the creation of the HardieZone system, which ensures you get the optimal siding material for your specific climate.
- How James Hardie Fiber Cement Holds Up Over Time
- ColorPlus Technology delivers factory baked-on paint for a consistent finish. It eliminates the VOCs that occur when siding is painted after installation.
- The Zero to Landfill Project demonstrates the James Hardie vision for making products efficiently and reducing landfill waste by 50%.
- The most important feature for green architecture is durability. For a product to be green, it has to be long-lasting, and able to handle water, heat, and UV radiation. Fiber cement does all of these superbly.
James Hardie is the greenest siding brand
The James Hardie Company is so well known, it’s synonymous with Hardie Board siding. James Hardie siding choices include:
- HardiePlank Lap Siding
- HardieShingle Siding
- HardiePanel Vertical Siding
- HardieTrim Boards
- HardieSoffit Pre-Cut Panels
- Aspyre by James Hardie
- HardieWrap Weather Barrier
- HardieBacker Cement Board
Siding gives definition to the entire exterior of your home and plays a significant role in how it holds up to weather elements. Replacing it is an investment you probably only have to do once in a lifetime—if you do it right.
The power of James Hardie fiber cement siding and Approved Contractor
Approved Contractor installs durable James Hardie fiber cement siding the right way. Trained to install fiber cement by the James Hardie company, we ensure your siding gives you the long-term performance you’re looking for. We adhere to the best practices and reliability standards set up by the James Hardie company. And you can rest at ease with your 30-year James Hardie non-prorated, transferable warranty.
Get a home exterior that withstands the test of time. Contact the friendly team at Approved Contractor for a free consultation.