It May Be Cost-Effective, but Vinyl Siding Has Its Issues
Some common complaints about vinyl siding include:
- It may dent when stray debris is flung at it from a lawnmower or a storm.
- It isn’t thick like fiber cement, so its attempt at mimicking either wood, stone, or tile siding does not produce a true-looking replica of the materials.
- If vinyl siding is painted a dark color, it can tend to absorb the sun’s heat and warp as a result.
- It isn’t fire retardant and can warp and melt during fires or extreme heat.
- It’s not eco-friendly because it is made of plastic and isn’t recyclable in many facilities. If it enters a landfill, it can burn, and it will emit hazardous dioxins.
Although there are drawbacks, some positive things remain about vinyl siding. Made of PVC, the same material used in luxury vinyl floors, today’s vinyl siding has some perks such as:
- It can mimic cedar, stone, or tile (but not as well as fiber cement does).
- It is generally low maintenance.
- It can come in shingles, and vertical or horizontal planks.
- An insulated version is available and can lower your utilities bills.
- It comes in a variety of colors, and doesn’t need to be repainted unless you want to change the color of your home exterior.
- Installation is simple and therefore more affordable.
- Vinyl siding is light and easy to work with for DIY enthusiasts.
- When you add insulation to vinyl siding, it can help keep your home quieter and allow you to enjoy more comfortable indoor temperatures.
- It can be repaired and replaced fairly easily because it is so light and easy to work with.
- It can last 20-40 years based on how well it was installed and maintained over the years. In contrast, fiber cement siding may last 50 or more years and maintains its high performance throughout its life.
Fiber Cement’s Initial Investment Pays Off for Decades
You can replace your vinyl siding with James Hardie siding. Fiber cement comes with a long list of pros, and the only con most people see is its initial investment. It is a more sizable initial investment than vinyl siding, but it provides long-term reliable high performance for decades, saving you money in the long run. And it looks fabulous!
James Hardie siding—the most popular name when it comes to fiber cement—is also known as Hardie Board and HardiePlank. It is the #1 siding material in America, and known for its strength, attractiveness, and durability.
Here are some of our favorite perks when it comes to James Hardie fiber cement siding:
Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. These ingredients combine to create heavy-duty, dependable siding that stays put in severe weather.
Five times thicker than vinyl siding, fiber cement gives your home substantial fortification. While vinyl gives the impression of being thick, it actually has an empty space under it once it’s installed. Fiber cement siding is so thick it can mimic the look of wood.
When siding materials fail, unwanted water penetrates and can wreak havoc in your home—causing wood rot, mold, and mildew. Avoid the need for repairs by investing in durable fiber cement siding which stays unharmed once it is installed. It won’t crack or incur holes in it, so moisture is kept outside your siding where it belongs.
Fade resistant color
The extra benefit of James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology gives homeowners baked-on color that resists fading, keeping your siding looking gorgeous with minimal maintenance. Its UV resistance keeps it from fading so your siding continues looking great for years to come.
James Hardie’s HardiePlank lap siding is backed by the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal. The highly respected Good Housekeeping Seal is only given after a product’s rigorous evaluation and testing by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. With modern equipment, siding is tested for fading, weather, water, fire resistance, and more.
Engineered for climate
The James Hardie company studied the long-term impact a variety of climates have on siding. Their research resulted in the creation of the HardieZone system, which ensures you get the best siding product for your region. Their HZ5 products resist wet and below freezing weather, while the HZ10 products protect homes from the sun’s harsh effects along with high winds, heat and humidity.
The James Hardie company is so confident in its siding, it offers the best warranty in the industry. The 30-year non-prorated, transferable warranty gives homeowners confidence in their fiber cement siding’s performance for years to come. And this durable siding can last up to 50 years!
The safety of your family is of utmost importance, particularly in the case of a fire. While vinyl siding melts and wood fuels a flame, fiber cement siding is heat resistant and fire resistant, and won’t contribute to a fire. Due to its outstanding properties, some insurance companies even offer discounts for fiber cement siding.
Upkeep on your home’s siding keeps it looking in tip-top shape. One of the great things about James Hardie fiber cement siding is its low maintenance requirements over the years. Imagine how much time you will save because you don’t have to regularly paint or repair your home’s siding.
Get Reliable Fiber Cement Siding Installation with American Way Exteriors
American Way Exteriors is an award-winning siding and roofing and contractor in Dayton, OH. We stay on the cutting edge of technology and manufacturer’s best practices so you know your siding and roof installation is done right the first time.
When your siding needs a replacement, we would love to help. Get a quote today so you can be one step closer to your dream home!