As a savvy homeowner who cares about your home exterior’s look and ease of maintenance, you have probably considered various types of siding. And you may even be considering the benefits of installing one of the top brands, James Hardie siding, right now.
JD Hostetter & Associates has many years of experience installing James Hardie siding for Indianapolis area homeowners. And we know that if you’re serious about siding installation, you probably have some questions that we can answer to make your decision easier and to give you peace of mind that you are choosing the right siding for your needs.
Here are several questions about James Hardie siding you want to consider as you decide on the next steps for the home exterior enhancement you are looking for.
What is fiber cement siding, and how does it differ from other siding materials?
James Hardie siding products are made of fiber cement—a manmade material that consists of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers. Fiber cement is durable and excellent at resisting most of the issues that can plague wood, vinyl, and brick. Fiber cement doesn’t absorb water, making it an excellent choice for homes in rainy, snowy, or icy climates. It can’t be eaten by rodents, insects, birds or other pests, and it doesn’t burn easily.
As a result of all these traits, James Hardie fiber cement siding lasts much longer than vinyl, wood, and brick. It is also easier to maintain. A simple rinse with your hose once a year is normally all you need to do to freshen up its look.
How long does James Hardie siding last? And is there a warranty?
Hardie siding products can last up to 50 years, much longer than the 20-30 years vinyl lasts—especially when installed by an Elite Preferred James Hardie Contractor. Hardie siding also has one of the best warranties on the market—a 30-year non-prorated, transferable, limited warranty on their main products, and an additional 15-year warranty on the paint finish for their ColorPlus product line.
How well does Hardie siding handle the weather challenges where I live?
Your home’s exterior must successfully maintain its appearance and its protective qualities as it endures the tough weather challenges where you live. James Hardie siding products have been engineered specifically to handle any climate issues—heat, ice, snow, rain, hail, wind, thunderstorms, and more.
The unique HardieZone system helps certified siding contractors choose the right siding for your home, based on your area’s temperature range, ultraviolet exposure, humidity, rain, snow, hurricanes, hail, and topographical factors. Using this system, an experienced Hardie siding contractor can ensure you receive the best siding for your home’s needs.
How does the cost of Hardie siding compare to other options?
Prices can vary, depending on the materials you are considering. Low-end vinyl siding can be considerably less expensive than other forms of siding, but it is also much less durable than materials like fiber cement. Cedar is typically more costly than fiber cement siding, and can be attractive but difficult to maintain because it attracts moisture and pests.
As you consider costs, remember that the maintenance of your siding matters as much as the installation price. James Hardie siding can come in a primed version that can be painted after installation, or with the paint mixed in during the manufacturing phase, leading to a long-lasting color finish.
Why should I choose James Hardie siding over other siding options?
In terms of durability, ease of maintenance, resistance to wear and tear, warranty, and attractiveness, James Hardie fiber cement siding is simply superior to most other home exterior siding choices. It requires no repainting, no scraping, and no re-staining. It’ll look great and last for years to come.
Beautify Your Home’s Exterior with Easily Maintained James Hardie Siding
As a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor, JD Hostetter & Associates maintains the high standards of installation, customer service, and reliability set by the James Hardie company. Our expert team takes pride in doing your siding installation right the first time, ensuring you enjoy the full benefits of the James Hardie warranty and giving you peace of mind in a job well done.
To learn about what we can do for you as a James Hardie siding contractor, contact us online or by phone at (317) 517-7847 to schedule a free in-home estimate. We look forward to assisting you with your home exterior siding needs.