James Hardie Siding
While no homeowner is oblivious to the importance of the right shape, material and implementation of a roof, many are unaware of how equally important siding is. It’s easy to think “siding is siding” aside from the color. This could not be further from the truth.
There are a number of brands of high-quality siding that a homeowner should consider when remodeling their home, or building a new one. One such leader in quality is James Hardie.
What is James Hardie Siding?
James Hardie is a leading manufacturer of fiber cement siding. This is a modern composite approach to siding manufacturing quite different from traditional vinyl, aluminum and wood siding for a host of reasons.
Yes, it actually does include cement, though it’s not a series of heavy, stone-like slabs in spite of this. The base products of fiber cement are water, wood pulp, Portland cement (limestone, clay, and iron), and fly ash (or sometimes silica sand). When mixed in the right ratios, this produces a very strong, durable material that can be formed as long, thin components such as tiles, shingles or siding.
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Advantages of James Hardie Siding
James Hardie’s fiber cement siding’s biggest advantage is its durability. The mix of wood pulp and Portland cement used in this style of siding makes for a reasonably light-weight, somewhat flexible material that will retain its shape and last for a very long time.
That, however, is an advantage that can be said for most fiber cement siding, though James Hardie’s formula is definitely the quintessential example. The two advantages so unique to James Hardie, though, are the patented color technology which keeps the siding vivid and lively for years, even in the face of intense sunlight/UV exposure. Other sidings fade over time, but James Hardie’s siding has been known to retain its color for many years.
Along with this, they’ve gotten the manufacturing of fiber cement down to a science and can offer a wide variety of styles and aesthetics that one would think were impossible from synthetic siding in the past. This means that regardless of the region you’re in, regardless of your style of house or your personal tastes, you can find an implementation of this durable, long-lasting siding that satisfies your own aesthetic sensibilities.
James Hardie siding, therefore, is a durable, modern approach that looks new for years, and comes in such a diverse variety of colors and styles, that there’s something for everyone. It’s no surprise they’re one of the leading names in siding today.
James Hardie Siding Warranty Information
James Hardie siding has a basic warranty policy of 30 or 50 years depending on the siding, with contractors often adding to these plans with cleaning or repair warranties of their own, for the sake of competitiveness. Warranties may also vary slightly depending on state/province/district, where building codes and legal regulations may impact it.
James Hardie Siding Products
James Hardie offers a wide variety of styles. As we said, there’s something for everyone, too much, indeed, to list here. Let’s take a look at three of their signature lines of siding, one of which is bound to be ideal for most homeowners.
James HardiePlank® Lap Siding
Lap siding is one of the most common form factors of siding around. When you picture siding, you likely envision these stepped, overlapping horizontal panels. It’s a classic look that is as timeless as can be.
These are excellent for areas that get a lot of rain or snow, as the angled overlap of this style of siding resists water damage, while providing a lively, homey look to your house that really no other type of material can.
This siding comes in four styles: cedarmill (the classic wood grain look), smooth (a modern, sleek look), beaded cedarmill (classic wood grain with a beveled edge), or beaded smooth (sleek modern with a beveled edge). All four styles are available in 24 stunning colors that last for years.
James Hardie Shingle Siding
Shingle siding can produce a very old world, organic look, heralding back to a time when shingles weren’t just for roofs, they were for most of your exterior. James Hardie’s shingle siding is available in two stiles: staggered edge (for real old fashioned, organic feel) or straight edge (for a more modern and precise feel).
They come in 24 beautiful colors that you can count on staying vivid and alive for many years.
James Hardie® Panel Vertical Siding
James Hardie’s HardiePanel® vertical siding is quite clever, able to mimic the appearance of other wall coverings, such as stucco, wood, smooth cement, or even panel board (sierra 8). All but sierra 8 (which is primed for painting) come in the signature 24 long-lasting colors.
This siding can give your home some real character, and you wouldn’t know it had siding until you closely examined it.
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