While many homeowners have heard of Hardie fiber cement siding, the vast majority don’t know much about it or worse, think that it’s just another vinyl siding. Nothing could be further from the truth, not only is Hardie fiber cement not vinyl siding in any way, but it beats vinyl in nearly every way imaginable.
It’s made of a proprietary blend of sand, water, cement, and various forms of cellulose fibers sourced from wood. It’s incredibly resistant to rot, de-lamination, pests, fire, and weather. Since it’s an engineered material it can be designed to give you exactly the look you want for your home. Additionally, it’s one of the lowest maintenance materials, so you have as little to worry about as possible once the installation is done.
Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Is Incredible For Moisture Control
Hardie siding is great for homes in the St. Louis area because as anyone local knows, we get some of the most severe and unpredictable weather in the midwest. Not only do we get searing heat in the summer, but we get incredible amounts of rain and moisture throughout the rest of the year. This makes fiber cement one of the best siding materials for our region.
Fiber cement helps to wick away much of the moisture that would otherwise collect behind siding and begin to damage your home with rot. The siding helps to wick this moisture off of the home and release it back to the atmosphere via evaporation, helping to keep your home healthier, longer.
Hardie Siding Is Highly Resistant To De-lamination
In Missouri, we get some incredible sun in the summer, and that sun takes a toll on vinyl siding. Not only does it make vinyl brittle and prone to cracking and breaking, but it can cause the layers of the siding to begin to separate. This is known as de-lamination, and it can make the investment you put into your home’s siding nearly worthless. Delaminated siding lets in moisture and all of the other elements, helping to speed along damage. Fiber cement does not delaminate, nor is it prone to sun damage.
Fiber Cement Siding Won’t Fade As Easily
Sun damage doesn’t just take its toll on the function of siding, it also makes it look much older than it actually is, by fading the color and appearance. This isn’t the case with fiber cement siding from Hardie, which is remarkably fade-resistant. It’s not just fade-resistant though, it fades 400x slower than even the best vinyl siding. This makes fiber cement one of the best investments you can make for the protection and appearance of your home.
Looks With Longevity
In addition to the long-lasting appearance of fiber cement, it has a durability that few other materials can match. It can withstand blazing heat and intense UV exposure for extended periods, it also holds up effortlessly to wind speeds equivalent to a hurricane. When we get those spring and summer hail storms that often accompany our intense midwest gale-force winds, it can take a beating from those, too. It can give you 50 years or more of protection for your investment.
Trust Hawthorn Home Exteriors With Your Next Investment
Investing in siding is like investing in anything else, not only do you want to get in at the right price, but you want to make sure that you’ll receive a solid return on that investment. Reach out today to learn more about your options for fiber cement siding, one of the most reliable ways to protect the exterior of your home while giving you the exact look you want.