Why Fiber Cement Siding is the Smart Choice for Your Home

Imagine coaching a high school football team. Do you put 100-pound players on the line, or look for some beefy folks to protect your quarterback? Siding is a defensive line against everything Mother Nature throws at your home. Make it tough, strong and durable by using James Hardie fiber cement siding.

Weight, Now

Typical vinyl siding weighs a paltry 70 pounds per 100 square feet. James Hardie fiber cement siding weighs more than four times that, at 300 pounds per 100 square feet. Don’t worry — your house can take the weight. More importantly, that extra heft means you have more protection against strong winds, heavy rain, pelting snow and even wind-borne objects, like tree limbs.

Long Life

Fiber cement siding from James Hardie is a manufactured product, so you get consistency in pattern, style and color. At Windura, we encourage homeowners to thoroughly research their options before choosing the type of siding for their Kansas City home. James Hardie fiber cement siding is deliberately designed for long life, so it’s important to be sure you’re pleased with your selection, because it comes with a 50-year, limited transferable warranty. You will enjoy your siding for decades to come.

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Siding style choices include:

  • HardiePlank® lap siding in beaded or sharp edge, in either Cedarmill or smooth textures
  • HardieShingle® for a casual, Cape Cod look or for delightful accents in gable ends, on a porch or around a garage
  • HardiePanel® vertical siding in four different textures, Cedarmill, Smooth, Stucco and Sierra 8, to give your home a country charm
  • Artisan® siding, which provides extra-thick boards for dramatic shadow lines and strong, artistic features

James Hardie complements your siding choices with porch soffit panels and whole-house decorative trim.

When contemplating your new siding, do not be afraid to mix and match. Vertical siding and lap siding, in the hands of a skilled designer, provide delightful contrasts in juxtaposition. Shingle siding can give your home enormous curb appeal in a neighborhood of homes clad in vinyl siding.

A Recipe for Happiness

Fiber cement siding largely consists of two common materials: silica sand and wood pulp. Though it is manufactured to exact specifications, it’s as natural a product as you could want, combining the same sand you feel at the seashore with the cellulose that makes up your morning newspaper. A few additives, including cement, provide consistency and additional strength.

Through the three-day manufacturing process, thin films of fiber cement are layered for greater strength before having the desired texture pressed into the slightly soft surface. Baked in a steamy autoclave, the siding becomes extremely hard while retaining enough flexibility to be easily handled, cut and installed.

A color bath in any of more than 24 colors covers each individual plank. The combination of natural ingredients and precision engineering makes for a strong, flexible siding material that can be molded and colored into any desired style.

Professional Quality

James Hardie siding is engineered for professional installation by knowledgeable technicians. Because of its heft, a complete work crew is needed to expertly install the siding. Once installed, it provides a storm-resistant, fire-resistant, insect-proof barrier keeping your family safe.
Fiber cement siding is a smart choice not only for its inherent properties but also for its ease of maintenance. Every few years you may want to have it washed, and occasionally you may need to touch up its paint. You’ll never have to scrape it down, patch it or replace a rotted board. You’ll never have to worry about rodents or insects burrowing into your home’s siding. Wind and water remain outside your house, and the materials in fiber cement siding are impervious to fire.

Make the smart choice. Choose James Hardie fiber cement siding, professionally installed by Windura, Inc. Contact us today to learn about the rainbow of colors, the many textures, and the great features of this quality product.

Posted on August 17, 2017 by
Category: Residential Siding
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