Fiber cement siding has become one of the most popular styles of siding in the US. It’s durability and aesthetic appeal have made it a fashionable choice for premium siding, with James Hardie siding being the most popular fiber cement siding on the market.
There are several types of siding available, made from various materials. You need to consider the different characteristics of each type to determine the best choice. Looks, durability, maintenance required, safety–these are all factors to consider.
Fiber cement siding is an alternative to vinyl, aluminum or wood siding. It is constructed using a blend of cement, sand and cellulose materials. Fiber cement siding closely resembles the look of real wood, but is much more permanent and easier to maintain. It can also be painted just about any color.
What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber cement siding is a building material used for both residential and commercial properties. This blend of cement, sand and cellulose mimics the look of real wood but is more durable than conventional wood siding. It wasn’t long ago that few people had heard of fiber cement siding. Today, it’s becoming more and more popular with consumers who want the best of both worlds – durability and low maintenance siding that is also attractive and can be painted in virtually any color.
Performance of Fiber Cement Siding
Homeowners looking for a low-maintenance, durable, and attractive siding option for their homes should consider fiber-cement siding from James Hardie. Fiber cement siding offers a number of advantages over other siding options. It’s more dependable and longer lasting than vinyl products and it delivers the aesthetic qualities of wood without the tendency to rot or mold. Fiber cement siding also offers exceptional rain, wind, and hail protection. In addition, fiber cement siding is noncombustible meaning that it will not add any fuel to a fire, making it an excellent choice for your family’s safety.
Benefits of James Hardie Siding
James Hardie is America’s number one brand of fiber cement siding. James Hardie siding products have been installed on over 5.5 million homes because consumers are discovering the many benefits fiber cement siding provides. James Hardie siding products combine the warmth and character of wood siding with the exceptional durability and low maintenance of fiber-cement. It addition, James Hardie siding products carry a 30 year limited transferable product warranty against chipping, rotting, and cracking.
Why Hire a Professional to Install Fiber Cement Siding?
You may be very handy around the house and think you might want to install the fiber cement siding yourself. Before you make that decision, you may want to consider the issues that you could encounter. Even if you’ve installed other types of siding in the past, installing fiber cement siding is different. Special tools are needed, as are the skills to use those tools. Precise measurements, cutting and finishing are critical. Licensed Hardie Siding contractors experienced in installing fiber cement siding must undergo specific training for these projects. Safety is also a concern. Fiber cement siding is heavier than some other types, so injury from lifting is possible. Climbing up and down ladders and scaffolding also pose a risk of injury, as does using the specialized tools needed.
Experienced contractors are insured and bonded. They are liable for any injuries or damage that might occur to property. Compare the cost of hiring a contractor against the time required for you to do it yourself. Of course, the amount you pay a contractor is more than you pay yourself. But is it really worth it in the long run? Don’t you have other priorities and demands on your time? What if you make mistakes that result in additional costs for replacing or repairing them? Will you need to buy or rent the specialized tools needed? The cost savings you achieve may be much less than you anticipated.
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