Faulty siding can leave a home vulnerable to moisture penetration, cause wood rot, and lead to costly repairs. When your home exterior needs siding replacement, consider the strongest siding material on the market: fiber cement siding. Residing your home is a major investment, so it’s wise to make an informed decision and learn about the pros and cons of various siding replacement materials before settling on which is best for your home.
At Approved Contractor, we understand how overwhelming it can be to need new siding, and not know where to turn for advice on which material to choose, or who to hire. We’ve created a process that has helped over 3,000 homeowners get the home exterior they’ve dreamed of. While many companies use inferior products, we install James Hardie® fiber cement siding—America’s number one siding product.
We specialize in siding installation, and emphasize training our team so you get the long-term benefits of installation done with the manufacturer’s best practices. And your outstanding James Hardie warranty is honored as a result. We stay on the cutting edge of technology so you get the maximum long-term benefits.
Here are some frequently asked questions about fiber cement siding that will help give you an overview of what it is and why it’s used on over 8 million homes in America.
1. What is fiber cement siding?
Fiber cement siding is used on residential and commercial buildings because of its durable, long-lasting nature. It’s known for its low maintenance and longevity, and its versatility makes it customizable to your home’s style and your preferences. It provides substantial protection for your home, and resists pests, heat, and fire.
2. How is fiber cement siding made?
Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. The makeup will change slightly depending on who makes it. James Hardie siding, the top fiber cement company in America, includes proprietary additives to enhance product performance.
3. Can you give me an overview of the cost of fiber cement siding?
There are a variety of siding materials from which to choose: wood, vinyl, brick, stucco, and fiber cement. Fiber cement costs less than brick, synthetic stucco, and wood siding. And it costs more than vinyl siding. Fiber cement siding is a significant investment for homeowners, but the good news is that it lasts for decades, saving you time and money in the future.
4. How do I maintain fiber cement siding?
One of the things homeowners love most about fiber cement siding is the fact that it is easy to clean. Simply pull out your garden hose, grab a medium bristle nylon brush, and rinse your siding twice a year. Your brush can be used on any caked-on dirt or grime. Fiber cement siding gives you low maintenance and year-round beauty.
5. How durable is fiber cement siding?
One of fiber cement siding’s greatest attributes is that it is so strong. It is so long-lasting, it comes with an outstanding warranty, backing the durable nature of this amazing siding product. Fiber cement siding has stood the test of time for decades since it was first introduced. It is weather-resistant, and its color is long-lasting.
6. What types of styles are available?
James Hardie fiber cement siding offers a host of customization options from which to choose—from a handsome wood grain look to stucco finishes (without the maintenance stucco usually requires). And it comes in a variety of colors. With James Hardie siding products, you can choose from baked-on color added in the factory, or purchase a pre-primed color option that you can paint any color you desire once it is installed.
You’re sure to get the perfect look for your home by choosing from Hardie Plank lap siding, Hardie Panel vertical siding, and Hardie Shingle siding. The gorgeous Hardie Trim boards and Hardie Soffit panels give your dwelling a finished look.
7. How does it react to heat and fire?
Fiber cement siding performs well in a variety of situations. Its non-combustible makeup causes it not to ignite when it comes into contact with a flame, and it doesn’t fuel a fire like vinyl siding does.
8. Does it tend to rot like wood siding?
Fiber cement siding is made to resist moisture damage, and it doesn’t rot like other siding materials.
9. Can it withstand California’s climate?
James Hardie fiber cement siding is engineered for climate. The HZ10® defies blistering sun, hurricane force winds, salty sea air, and sheets of rain. It resists cracking, splitting, rotting, and swelling after storms.
10. Does fiber cement siding stand up to pests?
Fiber cement siding resists pests like termites and ants. It is unappealing to woodpeckers, so you don’t have to mess with the hassles involved in fixing woodpecker damage.
11. Why is James Hardie the preferred brand of fiber cement siding?
The James Hardie siding products have endured rigorous evaluation and have proven their ability to stand up to the elements, fire, and more. They have a track record of high performance, beauty, and durability.
12. Are there other names for fiber cement siding?
Hardie Board, Hardie Plank, Hardie Lap, James Hardie siding, and Hardie Board siding are all names for fiber cement siding, and are often used synonymously when referring to fiber cement siding.
13. Is fiber cement siding environmentally friendly?
James Hardie siding far surpasses vinyl siding when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Vinyl contains plastic and doesn’t decompose easily, remaining in landfills for decades. Fiber cement is made using sustainable materials. James Hardie siding was praised for its positive environmental impact and named the greenest siding brand by Green Builder Media annual Readers’ Choice Survey.
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