For real value, wood and wood composite products just don’t cut it. Wood makes a great first impression, but what you really want is a great first impression that lasts. That’s why more and more homeowners across America are turning to James Hardie siding products with ColorPlus Technology. ColorPlus combines the beauty and character of wood with the durability and low maintenance of fiber-cement.
In comparison to wood based and vinyl products, James Hardie offers many distinct advantages. In this article we will show the comparison between wood based and James Hardie (Fiber cement)
When it comes to combustion, James Hardie siding is non-combustible, and is approved for fire-related construction. Whereas wood based siding will burn when exposed to a significant source of heat.
James Hardie offers products that are engineered to your local climate which allows resistance to rotting, cracking, hail, as well as strong winds up to 150 mph. Wood based siding is easily penetrated by moisture which leads to the most common problem wood based siding faces: rot.
Paint finishes applied to James Hardie siding provide for 30% better fade resistance, while wood-based siding shrinks when exposed to moisture. The shrinking causes the wood to swell and the paint that has been applied begins to crack and flake, leading to numerous touch-ups, re-painting and caulking.
Finally, James Hardie siding provides more resistance towards common pests including woodpeckers and termites, while wood based siding often becomes victim to nature.
For more information regarding the benefits of James Hardie products and a comparison between vinyl, look out for the next installment in the series.