Choosing new siding for your home is a huge decision. There are so many options, not just for material, but for brands, colors, contractors, and more. It can be a bit overwhelming. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most popular questions on the internet about James Hardie siding. For an overview of fiber cement siding, you may want to start with our 6 Frequently Asked Questions about Fiber Cement Siding.
What is James Hardie siding made of?
According to the James Hardie website, “Fiber cement is made up of a few simple ingredients: Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. However, the composition will change depending on the manufacturer. James Hardie’s formulation includes propriety additives that enhance the performance of the product.” That means that even if you’ve decided on fiber cement siding, there are advantages to choosing James Hardie above other options.
To see how it is made you can watch this video provided by James Hardie:
Where is James Hardie siding manufactured?
James Hardie materials are made in 11 manufacturing facilities in the United States with locations in Illinois, Flordia, Nevada, Txas, and Virginia. James Hardie operates globally and also has locations overseas. If you live in the United States and want to support U.S. workers then James Hardie is a great choice from manufacturing, front-office, all the way to your contractors.
Is James Hardie siding expensive?
This is a common question, but it is somewhat subjective. On the whole, James Hardie siding is considered relatively affordable. There are definitely cheaper options like vinyl which have a proportionate diminisnhing return on your investment. In terms of the cost-to-value ratio, James Hardie may be the best. It provides almost any look you want, is cheaper than other options like cedar, has a long life, is durable, helps with insulation, is resistant to sun and weather damage, and is paintable so you can transform your home’s appearance without even replacing siding.
Who sells James Hardie Siding?
As a premier brand, James Hardie can be purchased most place like Lowes or Home Depot, although it frequently takes a special order. Contractors who specialize in James Hardie products may have access to bulk discounts or special incentives that a do-it-yourself homeowner won’t have access to.
Is James Hardie siding waterproof and/or fire-rated?
James Hardie cement board is 100% waterproof. It has a naturally long life and, when installed properly, will protect your home from leaks and moisture build-up.
Is it fire-rated? The James Hardie website says, “While JamesHardie® products will not ignite when exposed to direct flame or contribute fuel to a fire, heat will transfer through them.” To learn more, visit the James Hardie Fire Prevention FAQ.
To learn more about James Hardie products visit the official site. If you’re interested in talking about James Hardie for your home or getting a free quote in the Greater Cincinnati area then contact EMA Construction today!