The durable makeup of James Hardie fiber cement siding has captured the hearts of America. Resilient, tough, hard-working, and reliable, Hardie replacement siding stands up to the weather 24/7—for decades.
It’s vital that homeowners take the weather into account when choosing new siding material. Shawnee and the Greater Kansas City area are part of America’s “Tornado Alley,” a section of the Midwest that regularly experiences violent thunderstorms, damaging hail, high winds, and an occasional tornado—so it’s essential that home siding is durable!
Read on to discover how Hardie siding fortifies your house against damaging storms and more.
James Hardie Fiber Cement: Why It’s The Most Durable Siding Option
1. Stands Up to Our Weather
Engineered for Climate, Hardie siding is designed and tested to withstand snowstorms, UV rays, the change of seasons, and more. The Hardie company studied the long-term impact different climates have on siding and created the Hardie Zone system to ensure you get siding that safeguards your home from the damaging weather your area experiences.
Hardie’s HZ5 products—including siding, trim, and soffits—are perfect for the Kansas City area and Shawnee. They resist wet and freezing conditions, and their surface is engineered for higher performance, delivering superior paint adhesion and moisture resistance.
Also, the Hardie company included a drip edge on their HZ5 products to improve water management, making it an ideal solution for homeowners looking for siding that withstands storms in this part of the country.
2. Resists Moisture Damage
When water invades home siding, wood rot, mold, mildew, and costly structural damage can result. Moisture intrusion is the enemy of your home exterior. Hardie, the company that invented fiber cement, knew they needed to create siding products to resist water intrusion. They engineered their siding to resist moisture infiltration, saving you from the resulting expensive repairs and hassles.
When you choose Hardie siding, you’ll have peace of mind that your most significant investment is well-protected from water damage and will last for many years.
3. Lasts up to 50 Years!
When you have Hardie Board installed by a reputable team and maintain it well over the years, you can expect it to last up to 50 years. When you invest in fiber cement siding, you’ll do it with confidence, knowing you probably won’t need to ever re-side your home again!
The Hardie company is committed to constantly improving its siding through research, development, and rigorous testing. They constantly raise the bar for the siding industry with their innovative approach to progress. Hardie’s siding, trim, and soffits come with a 30-year warranty, indicating that they believe in and stand behind their products.
And they even require you to have it installed by a contractor trained by their company (like us!), ensuring you get the optimal benefits from its performance and durability.
4. Repels Pests
Wood siding attracts destructive insects like termites, carpenter ants, and more. When you decide to cover your home in Hardie siding, you save yourself the hassles surrounding pest infestation.
Hardie siding is made of three primary ingredients: cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. It is not edible by pests and provides nothing they seek in a home or a place to multiply.
Hardie Board resists damaging pests like termites, carpenter ants, and more. Woodpeckers aren’t attracted to it, so you won’t be bothered with their drumming or the holes they leave behind on other siding materials (not to mention their annual return to do more damage!).
5. Is Non-Combustible
Fiber cement won’t fuel a fire, making it a safer choice for your family. It won’t melt, burn, or warp when exposed to extreme heat as other siding materials do.
Should a fire break out, you’ll have more time to get your family to safety while the fire department makes its way to your home. Some insurance companies even offer a discount if you install Hardie siding due to its non-combustible nature.
6. Has a Proprietary Finish that Lasts!
When you choose Hardie Board, you won’t need to perform the tedious maintenance wood siding requires (sanding and painting every few years), so you’ll have more time to do the things you love.
James Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology is applied inside a controlled factory environment. Debris won’t attach itself to it, and paint adhesion is optimized to deliver a long-lasting, beautiful finish you can count on for years. Between coats, the finish is cured in the factory for an enduring bond that resists damage (like chipping and peeling) and seals your home from invading moisture.
The durable finish won’t fade and looks stunning for years! You can relax, knowing your siding is well sealed with its strong outer coat that is warrantied against peeling, chipping, and cracking for 15 years,
Protect Your Home with Hardie Siding
The weather in Shawnee and the Greater Kansas City area can be extreme. From sweltering summer heat to snowstorms, your home needs reliable protection from the elements.
Cover your home with James Hardie siding, and you’ll rest at ease that your house, family, and possessions are well protected from the weather, pests, fire, moisture intrusion, and more.
At Safe Harbor, we are a James Hardie Preferred Contractor. The Hardie company has trained us to install your siding precisely, so you enjoy its high performance for decades. We follow Hardie’s strict guidelines on the installation process, so in the unlikely event that you would need it, your 30-year non-prorated, transferable warranty is honored.
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