When it comes to protecting their homes, most homeowners want a product that is durable, sustainable, and looks good. The sustainability factor is becoming more and more important to consumers, as our natural resources become increasingly depleted. It’s particularly important here in Colorado, where the residents are environmentally aware, and really interested in using any kind of green technology that they can afford.
These types of products aren’t always easy to find. You might find something that is all natural, but that doesn’t mean it will stand the test of time. When it comes to home siding, all natural wood or cedar shingle type sidings are the perfect example of what we are talking about. Over time, they warp, dry, crack, rot, and fade in the high-altitude Colorado sunshine.
Our Colorado customers love the look of wood and cedar shingle siding for their homes, particularly for mountain homes, but over and over, they ask us the same questions:
Aren’t there any sidings that are made with sustainable materials and some kind of green technology?
What is the most durable, most environmentally friendly alternative to wood siding?
When it comes to siding, I want the best. What do you recommend?
Our answer to all of these questions is the same, every time. We recommend the “green technology” siding: namely, fiber cement siding made by the James Hardie company. Fiber cement has only been on the market for around 25 years, so many people have never heard of it. Not yet, anyway.
In our professional opinion, nothing can beat this product in terms of durability. Unlike the wood it’s been designed to replace, fiber cement siding is all but impervious to the elements. Hail won’t dent it, birds won’t peck it, heavy gusts of wind won’t dislodge it. Fiber cement green technology siding doesn’t rot, split, dry out, and it is non-flammable to boot.
Even the paint color on this product is superior in durability, warranted to not need painting for up to fifteen years. It’s estimated that a homeowner could save up to $5,000 in painting costs over the life of the siding!
When it comes to sustainability, again, the James Hardie green technology siding cannot be beat. It’s fabricated out of a mixture of sustainable and recycled elements, wood pulp, cement, sand, and water.
According to Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA, designer of the first Zero-Energy Home, “Green products shouldn’t be made from endangered materials. One of the reasons James Hardie products are ‘green’ is because they incorporate natural ingredients that are low in toxicity. And, they last longer than other products.”
If you are a homeowner looking to reside your home, and you are interested in environmentally friendly siding made with green technology, we would love to tell you more about fiber cement siding. Please give us a call at ColoradoSiding.com today!