While investigating siding options, you may have heard about Hardie siding but didn’t know much about it. What is it made of? Is it a good option for my New Jersey home? Let’s learn more about this durable siding choice that is growing in popularity.
What Is It?
Hardie siding, also known as Hardie board, was popularized by the James Hardie company in the 1980s. They innovated to develop a new type of siding that uses cement fibers blended with sand, water, and wood fibers. This combination is especially beneficial for home exteriors.
What Are the Pros?
Hardie board has a lot of proven advantages over other types of siding.
- Durable: With the addition of cement, Hardie board is notably more durable than many other options. It is highly resistant to rain, wind, salt, and humidity damage, all of which can be particular problems for East Coast homeowners.
- Disaster-Resistant: Another benefit of such a durable material is that the siding becomes very resistant to various types of damage. Storms with hail and strong winds do not typically damage Hardie board, and due to its primary components, the board is also very fire-resistant.
- Warranty: Due to its proven durability, Hardie board siding is typically offered with a 30- or 50-year transferrable warranty, which is better than nearly every other siding option available. If the siding is installed correctly, the warranty can last through many homeowners.
What Are the Cons?
So why might you want to not use Hardie siding?
- Cost of Installation: The durability of the material adds to both its weight and the logistics of its installation. It can cost a great deal more both for the materials as well as for the manual installation of Hardie board on a home.
- Maintenance: Unlike vinyl or other low- to no-maintenance options, Hardie board has to be painted periodically to maintain proper protection.
Contact Premiere Building to learn more about Hardie siding for New Jersey homes and whether it’s the best option for you.