What is vinyl siding and what is Hardie Board siding? What are the differences?
Vinyl and cement sidings in themselves are two different siding materials, and Hardie Board falls into the cement siding category. Vinyl siding is a plastic exterior siding for a house that often is manufactured from polyvinyl chloride resin. It can imitate wood clapboard and is used for decoration as well as to weatherproof a home. Hardie Board is a fiber cement product, typically composed of sand, cement and cellulose and can imitate wood or even shingles. Here are some differences between the two products.
- Vinyl siding is less expensive, however it can easily expand or contract, sag or even change color. That can mean replacement needs to happen faster.
- HardieBoard tends to stand up to wet and cold climates better than vinyl does. It is fade resistant so aside from being painted intermittently, color won’t change.
- Hardie Board is five times thicker than vinyl. There are deeper grooves which gives it an authentic wood effect. This means the appearance tends to be much more elegant than vinyl, which is a huge benefit for older and historic homes with a specific look.
- Vinyl can easily melt in a fire whereas James Hardie products are noncombustible.
- Fiber cement products in general are resistant to chipping and cracking.
How does Hardie Board add value to your house?
Curb appeal is what helps a person to sell their house when it’s time to move, and the siding on a house can easily be one of the first things a person notices when approaching a home. If the siding has water infiltration, cracked caulk or discoloration, their decision to tour the house may already be changing! Luckily, hiring a Colorado Springs siding professional to install Hardie Board can give homeowners a big return on investment. According to Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report for Colorado Springs, a report that compares the cost of construction for the most common remodeling projects with the added value that they bring at the time of resale, replacing the old siding, or more specifically replacing the siding with fiber cement siding, can increase the sale value by almost $8,000. By installing James Hardie products, a person can recoup up to 60 percent of their costs during the resale of his or her house! Older, worn siding can contribute to a loss of up to 10 percent of a home’s value, so the replacement truly does give a return on investment to a home.
What is the maintenance of HardieBoard siding like?
The siding of a house is constantly under attack by Mother Nature. Colorado Springs tends to be drier, but the wet weather from May could definitely cause problems with siding. Between freezing temperatures, variation in temperature during the seasons of the year, and the snow and ice in the winter, homes in Colorado Springs take a beating, but James Hardie products are engineered to resist harsh weather conditions. High UV levels, strong wind, rain, pests and heat are all covered by Hardie Board’s limited warranty, so the maintenance the homeowner is required to do isn’t extreme.
- Wash the exterior surfaces of the siding with a hose or low pressure water sprayer every 6 to 12 months to remove dirt. If the stains are stubborn, a mild soap and soft brush are OK to use. Remember, high water pressure blasters can cause damage to the surface of siding, so check the pressure of the hose before spraying down the house.
- Cleaning gutters and pipes can keep them from clogging and overflowing. This is important because it will prevent unnecessary water damage.
- When signs of wear begin to show, re-apply caulking to keep moisture from getting into the wall cavity.
- It is important to re-apply caulking when it has begun to show signs of wear. This can help keep moisture from getting into the wall cavity.
- Vegetation such as shrubs or bushes should be trimmed so they don’t rub against the house.
What are other benefits of purchasing Hardie Board for my house?
A Colorado Springs siding professional who is a James Hardie preferred contractor is the best way to learn how Hardie Board can benefit your house specifically, but there are many factors that make Hardie Board siding a good option for all homes.
- The fire resistance of Hardie Board often means the homeowner can qualify for an insurance discount.
- The paint of the siding is long-lasting and all products come with substantial warranties.
- James Hardie products are all engineered to cater to a specific climate, so you can feel confident that the siding you purchased will work on your home.
- There are 20 color choices, so your house doesn’t have to be the same cookie cutter color of every other house in the neighborhood unless you want it to be.
While most Colorado Springs siding professionals carry some type of fiber cement siding, Heart House is the only preferred contractor of James Hardie Products in Colorado Springs. Heart House also works with vinyl siding as well, so if you’re thinking of using James Hardie products, they can give you a comparison of what you can expect in the difference between both siding options so you can feel confident in purchasing Hardie Board for your home.