Take a drive through your neighborhood and notice the exteriors of the homes on your street. Which ones stand out to you? Which ones have withstood the test of time and Utah’s weather? Chances are, some homes have endured better than others.
The right siding can make all the difference when it comes to the curb appeal and staying power of your home. Depending on which direction your home faces, the best siding for you may be different than the best siding for your next-door neighbor. To choose the right materials for your home’s exterior, rely on the experts at Burbach Companies. We can take you through every step of the design process, all the way to installation.
Benefits of James Hardie Siding
To keep you informed of some of the options we have available at Burbach, we’re highlighting our siding materials one by one. For new construction, whether residential or commercial, there are numerous benefits to choosing James Hardie siding. Let’s dive in.
The Origin of James Hardie Siding
James Hardie fiber cement siding was introduced to the United States in the 1990s. The company itself, however, has been around for over 100 years. Throughout this time, Hardie siding has proven its durability, making it an economical choice for builders and homeowners alike. James Hardie siding offers warranties on its products, which can range from 30 to 50 years.
What is James Hardie Siding Made Of?
Hardie board is a composite of cellulose fibers, cement, and sand. Portland cement mixed with water and proprietary additives results in a customized final product that can vary based on the manufacturer. Burbach Companies is an approved contractor for James Hardie siding in Salt Lake, which means we can offer a warranty for installation.
HardieZone was introduced in the 2000s, proving the company’s commitment to producing innovative products. This system offers siding that is engineered for the climate in which it’ll be used, based on data from 10 different climate zones. For example:
- HZ5 – US Midwest and Northeast
- HZ10 – US South and Southwest
ColorPlus Technology was also introduced in the 2000s; it’s a baked-on finish technique backed by a 15-year warranty. Your custom siding color will resist fading and discoloration for years to come. Although the company and its products have the James Hardie name to fall back on, it continues to offer siding innovations to clients.
Why We Love James Hardie Siding
Besides being a trusted name in the business for over a century, we love James Hardie siding for the following reasons:
It Can Be Customized
Did you know Hardie siding can be designed to mimic wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and shake siding? It can give the appearance of wood while still offering the longevity of cement. This siding also takes paint well, or it can be ordered in different colors from the get-go, thanks to ColorPlus Tech.
It Resists Rotting
Because Hardie board is cement-based, it resists moisture and rotting. If it does get wet, it dries quickly and doesn’t show water damage over time like other forms of siding can.
It Can Withstand Temperature Fluctuations
Do you live in a climate that experiences all the seasons in a single day? Well, James Hardie siding can take it! Whether it’s extreme heat or cold, Hardie siding can expand and contract without the threat of damage.
It’s Fire Resistant
While no building material can be completely fire-proof, James Hardie siding is fire resistant. This means it’s not flammable and it is designed to avoid combustion in a fire.
It Deters Pests
Unlike wood, Hardie siding materials don’t offer pests places to nest. Birds and bugs alike aren’t as interested in cement-based siding compared to other materials.
It’s Easy to Clean
Hardie siding can be cleaned with a hose and a soft brush to keep it looking pristine for years to come.
If fiber cement siding sounds like the product for you, get in touch with Burbach today. We can discuss HardiePlank lap siding, HardiePanel vertical siding, HardieShingle siding, and more. Other products include trim boards and soffit panels to complete the aesthetic you’re looking for.
We know that one of the most important aspects of building a new home or office is that it’s beautiful and inviting. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, James Hardie is a high-quality material we wholeheartedly recommend. For a free design consultation, contact us HERE.