Today’s homeowner has a plethora of wonderful choices for exterior siding for their homes. From various grades of vinyl to any number of wood selections, there is a perfect fit for any taste and budget. And for the most discerning homeowner willing to make a bit of a greater investment in their home, there is one elegant choice: fiber cement siding.
Our preferred supplier of fiber cement products, James Hardie, invented fiber cement siding some 30 years ago, and today remains the leader in the field. Made from a mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers, James Hardie fiber cement siding is an outstanding product known for its longevity, beauty, and durability.
Choose from a wide variety of styles and textures —HardiePlank Lap siding, Architectural siding with contemporary textures in square-channel, shiplap or V-Groove, and Shingle siding with straight edge or staggered boards.
The finish is baked onto boards for a world-class bond that resists cracking, peeling, and chipping. Hardie’s patented ColorPlus® Technology finishes are engineered to display superior color vibrancy, resist fading, and withstand discoloration from ultraviolet rays.
Known for their realistic wood-like appearance, fiber cement products by James Hardie outperform many types of wood. Water-resistant ColorPlus® technology provides a durable finish that can cost less than wood, does not attract pests as wood does, and resists water absorption to avoid damage from mold, swelling or cracking. ColorPlus® materials offer greater resistance to fading, chipping, and cracking, meaning you’ll save on maintenance.
The color palette is vibrant, and we bet you’ll have a difficult time choosing among the colors. For homeowners who want warm tones – beiges, warm hues of gray, brown and deep greens, you’ll find them all in James Hardie’s line. For others who prefer cool hues, you’ll find whites, light to dark variations of gray, sky blues to maritime blues, and so many more. We suggest that you set aside a large chunk of time on the day you plan to select your color.
Among the many color choices, you’ll find The Magnolia Home|James Hardie Collection that comprises a variety of exterior colors, styles, and textures– including 20 earthy and neutral tones– curated by famous home decorating celebrity, Joanna Gaines. Chip and Joanna have used Hardie siding extensively. “Anytime it’s a house that needed to be sided, James Hardie is the material we put on that exterior,” said Joanna. Listen to why they’ve collaborated with James Hardie here.
In addition, James Hardie also offers “Engineered for Climate®,” a primed-for-paint option that lets you choose the exact color you want. Change your mind later? Unlike vinyl, fiber cement siding can easily be painted in the field.
One outstanding benefit of Hardie siding is that fiber cement stands up to the worst-case weather scenarios: hurricanes, snowstorms, driving rain, summer heat and winter cold. It outperforms other forms of siding through the change of seasons when some vinyl materials may crack in the cold or be marred by sleet and hail, and when wood products can expand and contract with changes in moisture and humidity. Listen to this video to hear how hurricane survivors living at the beach feel about Hardie siding.
“Our siding was subjected to an unprecedented hailstorm (softball size) and the siding shows no signs of the hail event at all. No cracks, dings or paint chips. I wish I could say the same for our metal roof and vehicles.” — Robert Wizeman
Possibly the best benefit of all: this product is fire-resistant. Fire feasts on wood, and it melts vinyl almost instantly. But Hardie siding doesn’t ignite even when exposed to a direct flame, and unlike wood, it doesn’t contribute fuel to a fire. Two heart-wrenching testimonials showing the product’s fire resistance will amaze you. Check them out here.
“The siding held up so well, the fire didn’t get inside. When we took the siding off, the plywood underneath was just perfect. We’ll never use anything else. If we ever build another home we’ll definitely be using HardiePlank.”
All James Hardie siding products come with a 30-year, non-prorated limited warranty.
So to put it all together, we at Ferris can provide you the distinctive look and superior performance of James Hardie siding, giving your home outstanding curb appeal and added home value.
We hope you will add it to your list of considerations when planning for an exterior renovation. And, we hope you’ll call us and allow us to show you the full range of exterior improvement products we carry.