Siding is exposed to the weather elements 24/7, and moisture intrusion, pest infestation, and time can all lead to costly repairs. James Hardie fiber cement is built to stand up to weather and safeguard your home from the elements, pests, fire, and more.
Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, and cellulose—a durable combination that causes it to last. It’s the top low maintenance siding material available for your home exterior, and America’s favorite home exterior product—covering over 8,000,000 homes to date.
Why Fiber Cement Siding Is Low Maintenance
Fiber cement’s makeup causes it to stand up to hurricanes, UV rays, heavy rain, snowstorms, and more. Vinyl may crack in the cold, while wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Engineered for Climate®, Hardie siding endures the heat, cold, abrupt change of seasons, and more.
Here are some of the contributing factors to making this gorgeous product so low maintenance.
1. High Performance
The James Hardie company studied the long-term impact different climates have on siding, and created the HardieZone® system to be sure you get the best home exterior solution for your region of the country. Perfect for central Indiana, HZ5 products resist wet and freezing conditions common to the area. HZ10 safeguards coastal U.S. homes from heat, humidity, blistering sun, and more.
2. Reliable Durability
When searching for low-maintenance siding, durability features are important. Moisture intrusion—a common problem with wood siding—may start out small, but it will gradually grow into a major repair issue if left unnoticed. Its relentless impact includes swelling, cracking, mold, and mildew. Hardie siding withstands damage from water, and won’t rot from Indiana’s rain, sleet, or snow. Its enduring makeup and resilient finish combine to give you the trusted durability you deserve.
3. A Track Record of Longevity
Hardie siding performs with excellence when installed by a James Hardie Preferred Contractor. It lasts up to 50 years, and looks gorgeous even decades after it is installed.
4. Vibrant Color That Lasts
This long-lasting siding is not only built well, but also gives you the benefit of ColorPlus technology. This baked-on color option resists fading. Its UV protection keeps your siding looking fabulous for years to come. Its outstanding finish ensures you get the low-maintenance siding you dreamed of. Designer-picked color combinations maximize your home’s appearance, increasing its value.
5. Ease of Cleaning
It’s important to remove dirt, dust, and debris from your siding to keep it looking great over the years. Fiber cement only requires cleaning twice a year. Simply use a garden hose, mild soap, and medium bristle nylon brush. Wash it from top to bottom by spraying it thoroughly, and scrubbing it with a horizontal motion. Rinse clean, and enjoy your home exterior’s beauty for years to come!
6. Regular Maintenance
While wood siding requires regular painting, staining, and repairs, Hardie siding only needs simple upkeep over time.
- Prevent early wear by adjusting sprinkler systems to spray away from your home siding rather than on it.
- Keep trees and bushes trimmed so they don’t come in contact with your siding.
- Regularly clean your home’s gutter system to maximize your siding’s lifespan.
- Inspect your home exterior annually, and if minor repairs are needed, attend to them promptly so they don’t become larger or more costly.
- Keep an eye on your siding’s caulking around windows and doors, and if it starts to deteriorate, replace it in order to keep your home well sealed.
7. Fire Resistance
If your house ever caught fire, you would want your walls protected while you and your family reach a place of safety. While wood fuels a fire, and vinyl melts both in a fire or when exposed to high heat, Hardie siding doesn’t ignite when it comes into direct contact with flames, and it doesn’t contribute to fueling a fire, giving you peace of mind about your family’s protection. Since this trustworthy product is non-combustible, many insurance companies offer a discount, so be sure to explain its fire resistance to your insurance carrier.
8. Pest Resistance
Damaging insects, termites, carpenter ants, and more can wreak havoc on wood. When pests infiltrate siding, moisture intrusion results and leads to wood rot and mold in your home. Hardie siding offers pest resistance, so you can avoid the costly hassle of high maintenance and repair needs that come with pest infestation.
It even keeps woodpeckers away because of its sturdy makeup. Woodpeckers are not attracted to fiber cement. They look elsewhere for their lodging, food, and demonstrative loud pecking they exhibit when they are looking for a mate.
9. Weather Resistance
Severe weather can come on suddenly and damage most siding materials. Relentless heat can impact many home exteriors. Hardie siding and proper installation can safeguard your home from extreme weather, hail, high winds, sweltering heat, and extremely cold weather.
10. Low Maintenance Trim and Soffits
In addition to getting the low maintenance you desire on your siding, the James Hardie company also manufactures trim and soffits with the same durable fiber cement makeup—providing you with easy upkeep throughout your home exterior.
Home Maintenance Made Simple
Too many homeowners have siding with such high upkeep needs, it causes them to regularly invest their free time into its maintenance, draining their time and money. Hardie siding is so easy to care for, you can use your time to do what you love most!
At UHQ Construction, we are a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor. We install your siding according to the manufacturer’s strict standards, ensuring you get the high performance you deserve. Your 30-year non-prorated, transferable warranty will be honored and protected as a result of our detailed installation.
Begin your home’s transformation by contacting us to schedule an appointment.