If you’re considering putting new siding on your home, the siding market might have changed substantially since the last time you investigated your options. Of course, the original siding product was wood. Asbestos was all the rage for a while, but we’ve all learned the hazards of that product.
Back in the 50s, aluminum siding was new, improved, and wildly popular. If you lived in suburban America in the 50s and 60s, aluminum siding was all you heard about.
Vinyl siding picked up the crown some years later. However, there is a new siding kid in town (for about the past 25 years) which has benefits and advantages that no other siding can claim. We are talking about fiber cement siding, and particularly the product we feel is the absolute best today in the market, James Hardie’s fiber cement siding.
Wood, vinyl, and fiber cement are the three main siding choices today. If you are considering wood or vinyl, we’d like to show you some James Hardie siding comparisons, before you make your final decision.
Siding materials are not all made the same and also don’t have the same benefits. Here are some James Hardie siding comparisons.
James Hardie fiber cement siding offers much better insulation than traditional wood or stucco siding. It will not peel, crack, split, or attract pests such as woodpeckers and termites like wood does. Hail will not damage it. And although we don’t get hurricanes, when properly installed this siding can resist the brutal wind damage of a Category 5 storm!
Even more important for many of Colorado’s mountain areas, fiber cement siding is non-flammable. It will not add any fuel to a fire, it will not melt like vinyl might or burst into flames like wood might. This is a boon to those with mountain homes in areas that are under threat of forest fires every summer in the dry season.
James Hardie fiber cement siding also differs from other products on the market in its use of sustainable materials, and how “green” of a product it is. James Hardie is the only fiber cement siding we carry, we are that convinced it is superior to anything else on the market.
This siding uses something called ColorPlus technology, meaning the color is baked in and will last without needing maintenance for much longer than other sidings such as wood.
If you are in the market for new siding and have questions, please contact us today.