James Hardie cement fiber products have been the leading choice for contractors when it comes to residential and commercial siding for years. Their products increase both resale value and curb appeal. But how does James Hardie siding stack up against other siding brands? We wrote this blog to explain why James Hardie siding products offer better value than close competitors.
First lets discuss James Hardie cement fiber siding vs traditional vinyl. There are many reasons to choose James Hardie siding over competitors that specialize in vinyl siding. The first reason that James Hardie is preferable over vinyl siding is appearance. James Hardie siding is thicker than vinyl–actually almost 5 times as thick. This increase thickness allows for deeper grooves in the material which gives it a wood-grain effect. The aesthetic result is more elegant and desirable than plastic vinyl (especially on a historic home).
Another common choice for siding is wood. Although wood siding has a very distinct look, it does pose several risks that make it a less ideal choice. With wood siding, you have to be aware of termites and other animals eating through the wood. You also have to be conscious of the potential for the wood siding to absorb water and possibly warp, rot, or mold. James Hardie siding will protect your home from critters, does not absorb water, and is also fire resistant. Wood, obviously, is not.
Some competitors use OSB, or oriented strand board, as siding. OSB is actually wood composite–a bunch of wood strands bonded together under pressure and heat–that is often used in residential applications. Much like regular wood siding, OSB is susceptible to many of the same problems. OSB will be damaged when exposed to extreme weather conditions such as heat, cold, and rain.
Why is James Hardie cement fiber so much better than traditional vinyl, wood, and OSB?
For starters, James Hardie has spent more than $100 million dollars in research and development to become the number one choice for residential and commercial siding applications. Even when compared to other generic fiber cement, James Hardie products are generations ahead of the industry curve. In comparison to other products, James Hardie is non-combustible, rot resistant, termite resistant, will not melt, has a real woodgrain look and feel, and is backed by a 30-year warranty.
It is easy to see why James Hardie cement fiber products have been the number one choice in siding! We are certified James Hardie Preferred Remodelers. Contact us if you are thinking about residing your home and we will provide you with a free estimate.