When it comes to siding and home renovations, you may certainly consider a James Hardie® product as one of your options. As one of best siding manufacturers in the industry, James Hardie fiber cement siding is resistant to moisture, insects and other pests. It also offers diverse and detailed siding options that will make your neighbors turn their heads and look in awe at your newly remodeled and gorgeous home!
James Hardie fiber cement siding has always provided the best siding options that help create historically accurate and architecturally correct homes in the country. Whether your dream home is a Craftsman, Victorian or Colonial, we’ve got just the right siding pattern and style that will suit your needs and tastes.
Three of the most popular siding profiles are HardiePlank® Lap Siding, HardieShingle® Siding and HardiePanel® Vertical Siding. Knowing what each siding product features will help you decide on which is best for your home’s architecture.
HardiePlank® Lap Siding
This is not only the best-selling product, but also the company’s most popular brand of siding. You’ll recognize it by its long horizontal strips. This product may also sometimes be confused with HardiePanel, which is also produced by James Hardie Industries. However, this product is easily recognizable by its long horizontal strips while the HardiePanel is actually the tall and vertical version of the HardiePlank product at 48 inches wide by 96 inches to 120 inches long. We’ll talk more about that below.
The material is made from a combination of cellulose fibers and cement-based materials. It has a distinctive wood grain appearance; that’s the result of embossed texturing. The embossing on HardiePlank Lap Siding not only creates a good simulation of wood grain, but it also visually breaks up the flat surfaces and gives each board a richer look. There is also an option for a smooth texture as well if you prefer it.
HardiePlank Lap Siding is considered as one of the best fire-resistant siding products on the market. By contrast, vinyl siding feeds the flames since it’s derived from petroleum while wood siding tends to be highly combustible. This is what makes this product highly desirable and popular to many homeowners.
If you want your home to have the distinctly rich, natural look of cedar shingle siding but without the costly care and maintenance, we recommend HardieShingle fiber cement siding products. It’s made by compressing a mixture of cement, cellulose fibers and sand in high-pressure steam. This creates a solid shingle material that’s highly durable and reliable, which is then shaped and textured to resemble the authentic look of wood.
HardieShingle mimics cedar shingles so well that it’s hard to tell them apart unless examined very closely. This is why many homeowners go for this particular material for their siding when they want a rustic wood texture without the drawbacks you’ll get from a traditional wood shingle. For example, wood siding is subject to expansion and contraction, splitting and cracking, or even rot from constant exposure to the natural elements.
Traditional wood shingles need to be stained and painted if you want them to have some level of protection against the weather, but you won’t need to do that with HardieShingle siding. In fact, unlike cedar, fiber cement keeps its color up to three times longer than other materials! This is thanks to James Hardie’s proprietary ColorPlus® Technology offered in their products. Each panel is coated multiple times, and, between each coat, the finish is cured, resulting in a baked-on bond that delivers a consistent color with excellent ultraviolet (UV) protection.
Just like HardiePlank Lap Siding, this material also resists fire, insects and rot much better than vinyl or wood and has a lower environmental impact. HardieShingle isn’t made of wood and is recyclable so you can be sure it won’t end in a landfill once it’s past its expected lifespan.
HardiePanel® Vertical Siding
When you want to boost your home’s visual appeal, you can go a step further with vertical siding. And, out of all the vertical siding products available on the market, you won’t go wrong when you choose HardiePanel Vertical Siding for your home! Your trusted siding contractor will likely suggest this product if you want to reinvigorate your home’s architecture without making it stand out awkwardly in your neighborhood. You can even combine this type of siding with our HardiePlank Lap Siding to boost your home’s overall design.
HardiePanel Vertical Siding also comes in a wide variety of texture options, including Stucco, Select Cedarmill and Smooth. Thanks to abundant color and texture options, you won’t find it difficult to find the right choice that will best complement your home’s style and architecture. If you don’t want it painted, you can also get your HardiePanel Vertical Siding pre-primed so that you can paint it yourself!
This siding material offers the same benefits you’ll get from a HardiePlank and a HardieShingle siding. This means it won’t rot, warp or deteriorate. It’s also resistant to fire, pests and weather while also acting as an additional layer of insulation. It’s even five times thicker than typical vinyl siding, which means it can resist hail and debris impact and withstand winds up to 150 miles per hour!
Why Choose James Hardie® Products?
James Hardie siding products are simply defined by uncompromising performance, authentic aesthetics and unrivaled design options. No other siding can surpass the level of quality and craftsmanship that these products offer. James Hardie never fails to protect homes across the country. James Hardie also offers climate specific products through their Engineered for Climate® siding and trims that help provide you the best performance for your region!
With a James Hardie siding product, you also won’t have to worry about your home’s energy efficiency. All our siding products are backed by a solid 30-year warranty that ensures your siding is able to protect your home for many years.