Fiber cement exterior, known also as “James Hardie Siding” by the name of its main North American manufacturer, became very popular over the last few years. Comparing to vinyl siding, it looks more natural and expensive, but at the same time you don’t need to spend your time and money to maintain it good shape as you have to it in case of wood siding.
History of Fiber Cement Siding
Probably you’ve already notice that fiber cement siding received its name because of two components that are used to produce it: wood fiber and cement. Combined with fine sand, water and artificial additives these two ingredients blend together, then rolled out and finally pressed to form sheets with required thickness. Afterwards these sheets baked to produce a very tough and highly durable exterior siding material. A process of getting siding product from initial ingredients takes approximately from 24 to 48 hours. Major manufacturers usually offer long-term warranty for at least 25 years on their materials. A main difference between fiber-cement brands is in additives that they use in manufacturing processes and it affects the quality and price of finished product.
Fiber Cement Siding received its 2nd name “James Hardie Siding” from the first and biggest manufacturer company. James Hardie Corp had been established in the 1970-s, quickly became the biggest player on the market and still retain leading position. They are trying to be innovative and produce thicker, more workable and lighter final product. Today James Hardie creates various quality siding products suitable for different weather conditions and climate zones across North America and successfully leads fiber cement industry with its pre-finished and finished products.
Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding (Hardie Siding)
Fiber Cement Siding has been successfully competing with Vinyl Siding since early 1970-s. A few important features of other sidings types are combined in this material. Below you can find some of the advantages of applying a fiber-cement siding on your house.
- Eye-catching curb appeal and very realistic look
Different kinds of quality fiber cement products like shakes, boards, or panels bring an attractive look of real wood or cedar, which enhances a beauty of the house in comparison to vinyl siding.
- Material that lasts for decades
If fiber cement siding is properly installed, moisture or other weather conditions, can’t harm your house. This type of siding lasts for more than fifty years.
- Don’t succumb to termites and don’t rot
Moisture can not affect fiber cement siding, so it will not get rotten as wood (it’s very important for shady sides of the houses, which normally lies nearby the foundation). You also don’t need to be worried about a threat of insects which can damage wood siding as they can’t do any harm to this artificial material.
- Easy to re-paint and dimensionally stable
Fiber cement siding neither expands nor contracts depending on temperature, as wood siding. Paint holds well on a surface of fiber siding and lasts longer than 15-20 years. When you decide to re-paint it, you don’t have to scrap and sand it.
- Fireproof texture
Fiber cements is considered as a material with the very high level of fire protection because it’s non-combustible. You can even lower the cost of fire insurance on your house because of it.
- Available primed or painted
Both painted and primed siding products are offered by different manufacturers of fiber cement siding. Though a factory-painted siding lasts longer than a regular siding that you should paint after installation, you have to count an additional cost for that.
- A warranty from Manufacturers
Most of fiber siding products are warranted for more than thirty years against manufacturing defects. That is why homeowners consider this exterior siding option as a very good investment for their house.
Fiber Cement (Hardie) Siding Installation
If you would like to install a low maintenance exterior siding, which will last for a long period of time and at the same time will enhance appearance of your house then fiber cement probably an ideal variant for you.
We strongly recommend you to hire a professional and experienced contractor to install a fiber cement siding for you residence. Quality of the exterior material means a lot but quality of workmanship means even more. If you install it in an improper way, then it won’t last as long as expected and will put your house insurance policy in danger. This kind of material needs very careful and proper installation in order to serve you for many years. Toronto Siding manages expert siding crews trained to install and repair this particular product.
Do not hesitate to contract us and find out how to make your home more valuable, warmer and safer with Fiber Cement / James Hardie Siding.
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