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Is James Hardie Siding Environmentally Friendly?

Where do you turn if you want to re-side your home in an environmentally responsible way? James Hardie fiber cement siding has a reliable track record of longevity, durability, and low maintenance compared to its competition: wood, vinyl, and aluminum.  

In general, home remodeling can have negative environmental consequences unless you choose sustainable materials with a smaller carbon footprint. Environmental issues like synthetic product production and waste removal of old vinyl siding are at the forefront of the problem.

Learn why fiber cement is a good choice for eco-conscious homeowners who want to be good stewards on a global level.

Sustainable Green Siding for Your Dayton Home

What Are Sustainable Building Materials?

Sustainable building materials should increase the energy efficiency of your home, and therefore reduce fossil-fuel dependency. Sustainable building practices emphasize the use of recyclable, durable, low-maintenance materials in the building and remodeling of your home.

Siding materials often need to be replaced after 20 years, but fiber cement lasts 30-50 years, making it a sustainable option for environmentally conscious homeowners. Finding a way to replace your siding less frequently is a great sustainable building practice, and James Hardie is the perfect solution.

6 Characteristics of Environmentally Friendly Siding

1. Durability

The single most important factor in green siding is durability. If you want green siding, it’s got to be long-lasting. It must handle water, heat, and UV radiation for years.

Hardie siding has a 30-year warranty, indicating its manufacturer knows it will last. Homeowners who have their fiber cement installed by a James Hardie Preferred Contractor (like us!) and who maintain it well over the years enjoy their siding for 50-plus years! How is that for durability? If you choose this resilient siding, you’ll probably never have to re-side your home again.

2. Recyclability

The James Hardie company invented fiber cement in the 1980s. It’s made of cement, sand, wood fibers, and water. It is asbestos free and has a non-toxic makeup. While vinyl siding won’t degrade in your local landfill, wood will break down, and fiber cement lasts so long that it will be decades before it even needs to be recycled.

3. Local Sourcing

Sustainable siding uses products and materials manufactured locally that travel fewer miles to get to consumers. This results in reduced air pollution and less fuel usage, a lower environmental impact, and an increase in the local economy. With many of James Hardie’s locations scattered throughout the U.S., their products are easy to obtain regionally.

4. Energy Savings

Hardie siding seals your home upon its installation and will safeguard it from damage over its lifetime. Because it doesn’t warp, doesn’t allow water to invade, and won’t invite pests into your home (because it’s not edible), you will enjoy a well-protected home that isn’t compromised or vulnerable to damage. The result of a siding system that remains intact over the years? Cool air will stay indoors each summer, and heated air will stay put each winter, lowering your utilities and increasing your energy savings consistently.

Combine James Hardie siding with a layer of insulation (between your walls and your siding), and your energy savings will increase even more than if just your siding is replaced.

5. Low Maintenance

Wood siding requires tedious maintenance. It needs to be sanded and re-stained or repainted every few years—costing you time and money. Hardie siding requires almost no maintenance, giving you more time to do the things you love.

Simply wash your siding every 6-12 months with a garden hose and a medium bristle nylon brush, and it will maintain its beauty over the years! Use a mild soap and water mixture for any stains.

Keep an eye on your siding’s caulking because although siding panels will last 50-plus years, caulking won’t. Replace caulking as needed, and your siding will stay well sealed.

6. Won’t Harm Your Health

Vinyl siding can emit toxic off-gassing, which can contribute to illness. Off-gassing happens when synthetic materials release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air.

While vinyl, carpeting, air fresheners, and adhesives contain VOCs, fiber cement siding is inert and won’t harm you by off-gassing. VOCs are so harmful that exposure can be linked to kidney and liver problems and cancer. Why not stay away from VOCs by choosing non-toxic siding like fiber cement?

Hardie’s Commitment to the Environment

James Hardie is a company of innovative leaders who constantly raise the bar in the siding industry with their research-based engineering of new products and their consideration for the environment. Four ways they impact the environment include:

1. Renewable Resources

Hardie makes the use of recyclable resources a priority.  

2. Conservation of Water Resources and Energy

They maximize water recycling within their facilities.

3. Commitment to Waste Reduction

Hardie lessens manufacturing waste significantly.

4. Protection of the Environment

They safeguard the environment by minimizing their greenhouse gas intensity.

Minimize Your Impact on the Environment with Hardie Siding

When you choose fiber cement siding for your home’s upgrade, you can do so knowing you’re being good to yourself, your community, and the world. The Hardie company prioritizes the management of waste, water, energy, and emissions.

At American Way Exteriors, we’re the only James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor in the Dayton area. This means that after thorough training by the manufacturer, we install your siding correctly to ensure you get the high performance it was designed to deliver and to protect your 30-year, transferable, non-prorated warranty.

Take a moment to learn more about our James Hardie siding services.

Read Our Rave Reviews

American Way Exteriors has earned numerous positive reviews for our outstanding service. Read about our customers’ pleasant experiences working with us, then contact us today to learn how we can improve your home with new siding and roofing.

"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

Michelle G.

"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

Beecher R.

"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

Kathy G.

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