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Boost the Value of Your Home with James Hardie Siding

October 21, 2010

Fiber-Cement Siding

Siding is like the skin of your home and has two main functions, aesthetic and protection.  A home with properly installed siding and insulation can save you hundreds of dollars a year on heating and cooling costs.  Siding is the first thing people see when looking at your house and curb appeal is very important when showing your home to prospective buyers. New siding may also help you increase the value of your home and even sell it quicker.  Siding can be a worthwhile investment that can pay off with the right Minnesota siding contractor.

For homeowners that want the look of wood but don’t want the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber-cement siding may be a satisfactory alternative.  This product is available from several manufacturers in a variety of textures that are said to provide the appearance of wood.  Fiber-cement siding should be more durable than wood — it is termite-resistant, water-resistant, non-combustible, and warranted to last 50 years.

Fiber-cement siding is composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber that has been autoclaved (cured with pressurized steam) to increase its strength and dimensional stability. The fiber is added as reinforcement to prevent cracking.  The planks come in 5¼” to 12″ widths and 5/16″ and 7/16″ thickness.

The cost of fiber cement siding is more than vinyl and less than stucco and wood siding, making it an affordable and durable product.   Because it is not susceptible to rot and infestation, fiber cement siding offers a long lasting alternative to typical exterior wall cladding.

The installed costs of fiber-cement are reported to be less than traditional masonry or synthetic stucco, equal to or less than hardboard siding, and more than vinyl siding.  Fiber-cement siding products are recognized as exterior cladding by the International Code Council (ICC) Evaluation Service.  Information on Evaluation Service Legacy Reports can be obtained by contacting ICC at their web site (


Some manufacturers warrant the siding for up to 50 years.


Manufacturers emphasize that fiber-cement siding is appropriate for hot and humid climates because it is resistant to rot, fungus, and termite infestation.  They also state that it has excellent weathering characteristics, strength, and impact resistance.

  • Money magazine singles our HardiePlank® siding as a great value; a smart investment that delivers on durability
  • Smart Money magazine lists James Hardie in Smart Fiscal Sense feature
  • #1 Quality Exterior Lap Siding Product for the past ten years.  Builder magazine 1998-2008
  • James Hardie® siding is featured on over 20 Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset magazine Idea Houses.  And on over 30 Houses on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover.

What Is HardiPlank Siding?

May 25, 2010

The world of siding today offers homeowners numerous options from which to choose.  From wood to vinyl to stucco to stone, anyone looking to add or replace siding can certainly get overwhelmed by the amount of competing materials involved.  While vinyl might be the most widely-used siding material around, another alternative has been growing in popularity in recent years due to its many benefits – HardiPlank.

HardiPlank is a great choice for homeowners looking to invest in solid household siding.  HardiPlank is a type of fiber-cement siding, as it is comprised of cellulose fibers and cement-like components.  Although it was initially introduced as an alternative to masonite, HardiPlank is actually a far superior material for siding purposes – especially since Masonite has a tendency to rot over time due to sun exposure.

One primary benefit of HardiPlank is that it offers the look of real wood siding, but without all the maintenance.  Unlike wood, which requires extensive upkeep, HardiPlank will not rot or warp over time.  On the other hand, HardiPlank is almost as thick as wood siding, making it appealing for those who find themselves drawn to the aesthetics of wood but turned off by the notion of having to work so hard to preserve it.  An additional visual benefit of HardiPlank is that it is easy to paint, thereby offering homeowners the option of customizing their exteriors according to their individual tastes.

Another advantage of HardiPlank is that it does not attract insects the way that wood does.  In areas where termites are prevalent, the use of HardiPlank can be incredibly helpful in minimizing the risk of termite damage to any given home.

From a safety perspective, HardiPlank is also touted as fire resistant.  While it is not fireproof, it is far less combustible than wood and vinyl siding.  Additionally, HardiPlank is known to be a relatively green material, as no toxic materials are used in its production.  While this particular quality of HardiPlank might not matter to some, those looking to keep their homes as eco-friendly as possible can certainly look towards HardiPlank as a viable siding option.  Finally, HardiPlank is designed in a manner that, when installed correctly, allows it to last.  Homeowners who choose HardiPlank for their siding projects are likely to get a terrific return on this wise investment.

Clearly, there are plenty of good reasons to have HardiPlank siding installed.  The one drawback to this particular material is its cost.  HardiPlank is one of the most expensive siding materials, and its price tag is much higher than that of vinyl or wood.  Although a portion of the upfront expense of HardiPlank can be offset over the years thanks to the material’s durability and low-maintenance requirements, for many homeowners, HardiPlank simply isn’t an option due to its initial cost.  Those do want to go the HardiPlank route should also keep in mind that since it is a fairly new material, not all contractors are aware of how to properly install it.  Therefore, any homeowner who wants this option will need to find a siding contractor who has experience working with HardiPlank.

If your home could use a refresher on the siding front and you have some money to spend, then HardiPlank might be the best option for your upcoming siding installation project.  Remember, the exterior of your home is the first thing that people are going to see as they approach your property.  By choosing HardiPlank siding, you’ll be making a smart investment that will offer you a world of benefits for years to come.

Why James Hardie Siding?

May 20, 2010

For 5th year in a row, Re-siding Your Home with James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding is the #1 Return on Investment

The Pros Know

There are many other projects you can tackle, but only re-siding your home with fiber cement gives you the best return on your investment, 5 years in a row.

  • Residing with fiber cement gives a 31% better return than adding a bathroom and costs $61k less to complete
  • Minor kitchen remodel gives you a 10% less return on investment than re-siding with fiber cement
  • Adding a second story addition nets you 23% less return on investment than fiber cement re-siding

Remodeling magazine is the industry’s leading home improvement magazine.  Since 1988, Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report has compared construction costs for common remodeling projects with the value they add to a home at resale in the current real estate market.  The results— upscale siding projects using fiber-cement return the highest value at resale.

Projects* 2009 Rank 2008 Rank 2007 Rank 2006 Rank 2005 Rank
Siding Replacement—Fiber Cement 1 1 1 1 1
Siding Replacement—Foam Back Vinyl 6 4 7 9 4
Minor Kitchen Remodel 7 5 4 4 3
Mid Range Bathroom Remodel 14 11 6 4 2
Mid Range Roof Replacement 18 22 22 18 17

Remodeling Magazine has conducted this study since 1988 and is a trusted source among building and construction professionals. 2005 was the first year they evaluated fiber-cement siding replacement, and its debut at the top of the list demonstrates its value to builders and homeowners.

Say goodbye to the days of one-siding-fits-all.  James Hardie now gives you the ability to put the optimum siding on a home regardless of your location.

The HardieZone System is based on the eight individual climatic variables that primarily affect long-term performance of siding.  Using these factors they arrived at ten distinct climatic zones.  Though different, they found common variables in certain regions, allowing them to engineer the HZ5™ product line for zones 1 through 5 and the HZ10™ product line for zones 6 through 10.

Why Should I Consider Hardiplank Fiber Cement For My Home?

May 18, 2010

What is Fiber Cement Siding & Why Should I Consider Hardiplank Fiber Cement For My Home?

For homeowners that want the look of wood but don’t want the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber cement siding is a great alternative.  Many homeowners rely on fiber cement industry leader, James Hardie and their fantastic Hardiplank.  This product is available in a variety of textures that can provide the appearance of wood.  Fiber cement siding is more durable than wood — it is termite-water-wind-snow-sun-hail-warp-shrinkage-rot resistant, non-combustible, and warranted to last 50 years, which you can transfer to subsequent owners.

While fiber cement siding has been in use for over 100 years, research and development continues today.  Fiber cement siding is composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber that has been autoclaved (cured with pressurized steam) to increase its strength and dimensional stability.  The fiber is added as reinforcement to prevent cracking.
Fiber cement products are very attractive.  You can choose from a variety of clapboard siding styles that have embossed wood grained texture or smooth finish.  The siding comes in a multitude of widths that permit you to have clapboard exposures ranging from 4 inches up to nearly 11 inches.  You can decide among a smooth, stucco, or vertical rustic groove appearance.  The fiber cement siding can be complemented by numerous weather resistant vinyl trim and ventilation accessories. 

Fiber cement siding planks offer a unique capability. Because of the rigid nature of the product, they can be blind nailed with many of the available sizes.  Each clapboard is nailed approximately 1 inch from the top edge.  The next overlapping piece hides the nails below.  This allows you to produce a siding job free from the polka dot appearance nails cause on many traditional wood sidings.
Because fiber cement siding must be primed and painted, either at the factory or onsite within 90 days of installation, your color options are virtually unlimited.  100 percent water based acrylic paint grips cement fiber products exceptionally well.  The siding planks and stucco panels also accept stains.  Because the cement products do not expand and contract to the extent that wood does, paint rarely peels and blisters and therefore holds paint for several years longer than wood.

Contact a James Hardie Siding Contractor to answer all of your questions.

Minnesota Vinyl Siding Contractor

October 15, 2009

How Does Vinyl Siding Compare With Other Siding Products?

In a way, it is almost no contest.  When compared to wood, brick, stone, stucco, and metal sidings based on initial cost, maintenance costs, appearance, durability and value, vinyl siding is clearly superior.  Vinyl siding provides all the beauty of expensive wood sidings with your choice of smooth or grained surfaces; rich, low-gloss colors; and a variety of classic siding profiles.

United Roofing offers a broad range of vinyl siding products, so you can choose one that is easily affordable.  Whichever you choose, you can expect the highest quality and lasting beauty.  Another benefit to vinyl siding is that it never needs painting or staining.  It does not chip, peel, dent or rot, so you can forget costly repairs.  Just rinse occasionally with a garden hose.  And because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost.

Your siding has to be versatile enough to perform in all types of weather.  Your home can take a beating from the elements to the exterior and siding is critical in ensuring your investment and the safety and health of your family.  As your Twin Cities Siding Contractor, we understand this.

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