4 Important Things To Know About Hardie Siding

James Hardie siding is the natural choice for Des Moines homeowners who value their time, money, and neighborhood stature. Made from completely natural materials, James Hardie cement fiber siding is available in many colors and textures, offering four valuable benefits to wise homeowners.

1. Beauty

Only James Hardie fiber cement siding is available in such a wide array of colors and textures that homeowners often have a difficult time distinguishing between it and the “real” wood it perfectly mimics.

Fiber cement siding is 100 percent natural, yet 100 percent human-made, so its texture, sizing, and color are all carefully controlled. The look of wood is imprinted into the damp fiber cement material much the way your child imprints a handprint into play dough. Yet with fiber cement siding, the texture is baked into the surface.

Color is entirely subjective. One Des Moines homeowner may long for the quiet neutrality of Pearl Gray, Sandstone Beige, or Autumn Tan. Another homeowner, just up the street, may want the attention-getting brilliance of Countrylane Red or Boothbay Blue. A traditionalist may wish to use a darker tone for an older home, picking Iron Gray or Evening Blue.

The point is, with James Hardie siding colors, you are not restricted to a choice of six colors or even a dozen hues. James Hardie offers 23 siding colors. You will surely find a siding hue, trim color, and accent tone to your liking.

2. Durability

James Hardie siding is an enduring, beloved product for more than eight million homeowners who selected it for their homes. Part of the attraction is the fiber cement siding’s unique durability. Whatever color you select for your Des Moines home, think carefully, as this amazing product will be on your home long after other siding materials — vinyl, wood, aluminum — will have failed.

James Hardie siding resists all these value-robbing forces:

  • Warping
  • Rot
  • Thermal expansion
  • Buckling
  • Shrinkage
  • Color fading

When you invest in fiber cement siding, your one-time investment extends over many years, returning great value and years of curb appeal. Rather than replace James Hardie siding after a decade or more, repainting is a fast, economical way to rejuvenate this durable siding.  

3. Protection

Your home is probably your greatest single investment. It holds all your belongings; it shelters your family; it gives you a quiet retreat from the worries of the world. Your home needs protection. Fiber cement siding is the ultimate protection for the exterior of your home, from eaves to trim to siding.

James Hardie siding is impervious to the typical insect pests which damage wood siding, like termites, carpenter ants, and powderpost beetles. James Hardie siding is made from finely ground silica sand, wood pulp, cement, and some additives for ease of handling. Nothing in its makeup appeals to wood-eating insects.

The cement and sand make the siding nearly impervious to fire. The siding is resistant to most weather. Freeze and thaw cycles that wreak havoc with metal siding do nothing to James Hardie siding since it does not undergo thermal expansion like metal does. Hard rain which drives into wood’s natural gaps simply rolls off fiber cement siding.

Year after year, James Hardie siding withstands all the destructive forces acting against your home, implacably showing a beautiful, colorful facade despite brutal heat and chilling cold.  

4. Low Maintenance

Des Moines homeowners want to do more than spend weekends scraping, sanding, priming, and painting their home’s siding. Repainting every three or four years is hard, dangerous, expensive, and dirty work to take on for yourself.

Even hiring a painter to do the job does not allow you to avoid the expense. If anything, hiring a painter is a more expensive option. The alternative to constantly repainting a wood-sided house is to let it go, driving down home value with ugly chipped and faded siding.

The real alternative to wood, vinyl, or metal siding is James Hardie fiber cement siding. All that is needed is an occasional gentle rinsing (we do not recommend using pressure washers) and a soft-bristle scrubbing with ordinary soap. The color, vibrancy and resilient surface hold up against dirt and grime. One quick bath and the siding looks beautiful again.  

The baked-on paint finish provided at the James Hardie factory lasts far longer than house paint on wood siding. Still, after perhaps 15 years you may want to think about repainting fiber cement siding. James Hardie siding repaints almost effortlessly. No need for scraping. A quick cleaning, perhaps a dab or two of caulk to seal any tiny cracks, and your fiber cement siding is ready for two coats of whatever acrylic or latex paint you prefer.

Please contact VanWeelden Company today so we can show you all the many ways James Hardie siding can improve the looks, efficiency and curb value of your home.

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