Transform Your Home Into Your Dream Home with James Hardie Building Products – Part Two
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When comparing James Hardie to wood siding, it is obvious that fiber cement is a significantly better option. But the option that hasn’t been mentioned yet is vinyl. When it comes to environmental concerns, vinyl siding will melt or burn when exposed to a significant source of heat, and likewise can be damaged when exposed to extremely cold weather. Vinyl is also easily damaged by hail and other flying debris.
When it comes to paint and appearance, the color of vinyl can’t be changed and is susceptible to fading. Especially troubling with vinyl fading is that different parts of the house will fade at noticeably different rates which creates an overall color inconsistency. James Hardie has managed to significantly increase curb appeal with ColorPlus technology. ColorPlus is twice as thick as vinyl which causes deeper shadow lines and a more natural wood grain texture. Even the most premium vinyl products are only 5/100” thick, and tend to look like unnatural imitation wood.
Although fiber cement is more efficient, vinyl is still a great option, and a significant upgrade over wood.