James Hardie Siding Versus Traditional Wood

If you're trying to decide between using fiber cement siding or traditional wood on your home, consider the following advantages of fiber cement. Today's fiber cement siding is available in many colors and styles, and James Hardie siding comes with a 30-year guarantee.

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose James Hardie Siding Over Wood

  1. Cost. Though specific costs vary by provider, fiber cement siding typically costs $10 to $11 per square foot--about half the cost of wood. In addition to reduced installation costs, fiber cement saves money in the long run by requiring little maintenance.
  2. Weather. James Hardie siding resists rot, warping, and other damage caused by severe weather. If you live in a particularly harsh or humid climate, water may penetrate your wood siding and cause serious damage over the years.
  3. Termites. Unlike wood, fiber cement siding doesn't attract termites or other pests. Instead, it creates a durable barrier between your home and the outdoors, preventing costly fumigation and pest control problems down the road.
  4. Environment. Fiber cement is made from an eco-friendly combination of cement, cellulose fibers, and water. Choosing fiber cement siding over wood is a significant way to reduce your home's environmental impact.
  5. Appearance. Homeowners often choose wood siding for its classic appearance, but now fiber cement siding can be constructed to closely resemble several types of wood. And because fiber cement resists damage, it will keep its original appearance longer than the wood alternative.

From luxurious cedar siding to log cabins, fiber cement can imitate the look of wood while saving you money on installation and future maintenance. For more information, explore the product offerings on the James Hardie siding Web site.