Is it possible for one siding material to have it all? If you’re searching for replacement siding that delivers low maintenance, customizable beauty, and high performance regardless of Minnesota’s winters, fiber cement siding (specifically James Hardie) is an appealing choice.
Its ability to complement your home’s architecture with distinct beauty while fortifying it with outstanding protection makes it the perfect choice for your home exterior. Read on to discover fiber cement’s makeup and benefits.
What Is Fiber Cement Siding Made Of?
A Durable Blend
Simple, sustainable ingredients make up long-lasting fiber cement: Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. However, each manufacturer of this amazing siding material will adjust the composition accordingly. The James Hardie company’s formulation includes additives that maximize the product’s performance.
Choosing fiber cement for your home exterior takes the guesswork out of the equation. You don’t have to wonder if it will do its job of protecting your home from the elements—for decades!
7 Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding
The high performance of fiber cement makes it outshine its competition in a host of areas.
1. Moisture resistant
If water invades siding material, it can wreak havoc on your home. Silently it erodes, turns into rot, and if left unaddressed, it can even invade your walls with unhealthy mold. The good news is that fiber cement siding resists moisture intrusion, so you can know your home is safe in the midst of every Minnesota snowstorm or other harsh weather event.
2. Non-combustible nature
Fiber cement siding won’t ignite when it’s exposed to a direct flame, and it won’t fuel a fire (like wood siding). Its Class 1A fire rating gives you peace of mind that your family is well protected.
3. Pest resistance
When you choose fiber cement siding, you can rest at ease that your home won’t be infested with pests or damaged by woodpeckers. Fiber cement is absolutely unappealing to both pests (like termites and carpenter ants) and woodpeckers—which come back annually if you have siding they enjoy—such as wood siding.
4. Low maintenance
While wood siding requires tedious upkeep, and vinyl tends to dent, fiber cement siding is built so well that it requires almost no maintenance! Simply wash it twice a year, and it will stay in gorgeous shape—looking like it did when it was initially installed.
One of the most favorable features of fiber cement is its longevity! When it is professionally installed and well maintained, it can last up to 50 years! Talk about endurance! Siding stands up to the weather 24/7, and if you choose fiber cement, its makeup will cause it to withstand harsh weather for decades!
6. Color retention
Fiber cement is resilient, and when you paint it—the color stays put! Not only that, but the James Hardie company offers factory baked-on hues that are even warrantied for 15-years against flaking and peeling. Hardie’s ColorPlus® technology offers fade-resistant, UV-resistant beauty that keeps your home looking fabulous. And it doesn’t need to be repainted for 15 years (unlike traditional exterior paint jobs that need to be redone every 4-6 years).
Vinyl siding tends to dent when debris heads its way due to high winds. But fiber cement withstands everything from the common small stone that gets pelted at your siding accidentally as you mow the yard, to flying debris from a wind gust. Its reliable impact resistance and wind resistance combine to make it truly fortify your home regardless of mother nature!
Top Quality James Hardie Fiber Cement
A Track Record of Success
James Hardie pioneered the development of fiber cement technology in the mid 1980s. Today it’s a leading global manufacturer of siding products in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. There are currently 10 manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
The Safety of Hardie’s Makeup
James Hardie siding and trim materials are low in toxicity, and sustainable, making them an eco-friendly choice. In 1987, James Hardie started manufacturing asbestos-free fiber cement products, and they are still asbestos-free today, ensuring your safety.
James Hardie offers a large variety of fiber cement designs and colors.
The customizable beauty of Hardie Board gives you every opportunity to express yourself and your style. From traditional lap siding (HardiePlank) to contemporary looking vertical siding (HardiePanel) and the warm appearance of cedar planks (HardieShingle), the sky’s the limit on the curb appeal you can create with these amazing products.
Enjoy the rustic chic look of board-and-batten siding with vertical HardiePanels and decorative HardieTrim. Even restoring a historic home’s siding is possible with James Hardie!
Add the curated designer-selected color combinations offered in factory baked-on ColorPlus technology, delivering the perfect hues for the Minneapolis and St. Paul region. Or choose pre-primed Hardie siding panels so you can paint your home any color you desire once it’s installed.
Cherish Your Home Even More…
With James Hardie siding, you’ll find yourself falling in love with your home all over again. It brings out the best in your biggest investment’s unique architecture, and draws the eye to its most important details.
At Beissel Window and Siding, we take the time to help you get what you need so you’re thrilled with the results for years to come. You can trust each upgrade is done with care and precision. In fact, we believe in our work so much that we put our family’s name behind it!
Discover the difference James Hardie fiber cement siding can make in your home’s beauty.