As a homeowner researching potential improvements to your home’s exterior, it can be challenging to select the right siding material for your next renovation project. Especially when it comes to siding, which keeps your home protected from weather, moisture, and pests, you want to find something that is the perfect balance of:
- An affordable price
- Durable, long-lasting design
- Long-term value
No matter the style you choose, new siding can transform and update the entire look of your home. But when you’re making a major investment in your most important asset — your home — you want to be sure that you make the right choices, from the design to the installation team to the kind of materials you select.
Here’s why fiber cement siding deserves to be at the top of your consideration list for your siding replacement project.
What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber cement, like that made by James Hardie Siding, is created by combining cellulose fiber, cement, and sand, making it a high-quality siding product that’s known for its durability, stability, and sturdiness. These materials are cured via a special manufacturing process, turning this assortment of sustainably sourced materials into the most durable form of siding available.
Simply put, fiber cement is an exceptional siding product designed to protect your home for decades to come. As shared on This Old House:
“It’s the only type of siding that combines the performance of masonry — minimal upkeep; rot-, fire-, and termite-proof; unaffected by wind or cold — with the look of painted wood clapboards, shingles, even stone or brick. Yet fiber cement goes for just a fraction of the cost of these other materials. No wonder nearly 15 percent of new homes — and many This Old House TV projects — are clad with the stuff.”
Given these facts, it’s no surprise that homeowners choose fiber cement siding time and time again. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of this versatile siding material.
The Benefits of Fiber Cement and Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is known for its durability and is also incredibly low maintenance, making it far less likely to wind up in landfills after only a few years. What’s more, this siding material is optimized for individual climate zones and made from sustainable, easy-to-source materials. Here in Colorado Springs, fiber cement is perfect to stand up to constant temperature changes and wind, moist, and cold climates, making it easier to heat and cool your home.
Durable in Extreme Circumstances
Homeowners who are frustrated with rotting and pest-ridden siding love the durability of fiber cement. James Hardie fiber cement siding resists all kinds of common hazards, including fire, wind, insects, and rain. It won’t fall prey to hungry termites; it holds up in hot and humid climates, and won’t rot, warp, or expand, no matter how wet it gets.
Additionally, fiber cement siding won’t dent or chip because of hail or a stray ball flying through the yard. It comes with a 30-year manufacturer warranty because it’s made to last.
Versatile Design Options
Unlike other siding materials that only offer one look, James Hardie fiber cement is known for coming in a range of styles, colors, and textures. In fact, James Hardie fiber cement is available in multiple variations:
- HardiePlank Lap Siding
- Hardie Textured Panels
- HardiePanel Vertical Siding
- HardieShingle Siding
Jame Hardie even offers soffits and fascia, as well as pre-cut panels to protect every element of a home’s siding with high-caliber materials. These styles can be paired in an endless array of combinations to match any trend, home-style, design era, or aesthetic.
But it’s not just the style that comes in a wide array of options. James Hardie fiber cement is customizable in color too. With ColorPlus Technology, James Hardie fiber cement is available in a seemingly countless combination of colors that are baked-on at the factory and chip- and fade-resistant for long-lasting color. And if you have a specific shade in mind that isn’t available through James Hardie? The fiber cement is easily paintable as well.
Added Home Value
Upgrading your home’s siding to fiber cement can also upgrade your home’s value. According to Family Handyman, homeowners can recover as much as 76 percent of the upfront cost of their siding replacement when they opt for fiber cement siding, making it one of the best exterior renovation projects to add value for resale.
First-Rate Installation of First-Class Siding
Our team at Siding Pro is honored to share our status as an Elite Preferred James Hardie Contractor. We have continuously met the highest standards set by James Hardie, the world’s premier fiber cement siding manufacturer, to be distinguished among the top contractors experienced in installing James Hardie fiber cement siding.
Our team will guide you through the design and installation process to ensure that you’re thrilled with your siding replacement project. Using the best siding materials available and the most meticulous of installation methods, we’ll protect your home from damage, refresh its curb appeal, and give you lasting peace of mind. To learn more, request a quote today.