Fiber cement siding («fibre cement cladding» in the UK and «fibro» in Australia) also referred to as Hardie siding due to the namesake of its largest manufacturer (James Hardie), has become pretty popular in recent years. This is really the most popular brand of siding in North America, protecting and beautifying millions homes and cottages from the west to the east coast.
Fiber cement siding is often used for unobstructed covering of a house in order to create the appearance of a wood or vinyl siding. This type of cement siding was originally used as an external covering of the house in order to make it capable of withstanding extreme climatic conditions while maintaining the beauty of the building itself. So why does hardie siding surpass other types of siding?
Hardie Siding Features
Hardie siding is supplied to the market in various colors and shades, which have a close similarity in appearance, texture, and graininess with wood plating. However, unlike a tree, this type of siding is impenetrable for all kinds of damage as a result of weather changes.
Longevity: Most hardie board siding comes with a 50-year, limited transferable warranty. This siding is completely rot resistant and can even handle salt spray from the ocean. The material of this type of siding is an excellent protection against most insects, such as termites, which often corrode wooden siding. This is especially important in the southern climate, where humid air dominates all the time, and pests thrive all year round.
Appearance: Hardie siding can be made to mimic just about any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and wood shake siding. Color options are virtually unlimited. These colors are accompanied by a 15-year warranty on the finish.
Fire Resistance: Hardie siding is 90 percent sand and cement which makes it fire-resistant. Case in point, a St. Paul Minnesota house fire torched two fire trucks parked 60 feet away, but the cement siding home next door, 50 feet away, remained unscathed.
Storm Resistance: Whether you’re looking for a siding material that can withstand the next Katrina, or one that can fend off the next summer hailstorm without sustaining damage, hardie siding is a proven commodity in the weather department.
But like any other kind of siding, it also has its drawbacks. Two things stand out. First of all, because of its weight, the siding requires more resources to install than other siding materials. Second, it’s not a maintenance-free siding material. You will have to repaint it in time.
High Installation and Labor Costs: Hardie siding requires more planning, a larger labor force, and takes longer to install due to its composition. It weighs about 300 pounds (100 square feet) compared to 60-70 pounds for vinyl siding. This can increase labor and the cost of cement installation.
Maintenance: It has to be repainted periodically. Hardie board’s ColorPlus® Technology Warranty covers paint and labor for peeling and chipping of their finishes for only 15 years.
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Only a certified installer like Terrific Exterior can install Hardie Siding on your home. To learn more about the features and benefits of this top siding brand, schedule a free consultation today. Homeowners can call us at +1 250-899-4218 in Kelowna. You can also fill out our contact form. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate!
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