James Hardie is by far, the most popular manufacturer of fiber cement siding. They offer a wonderful option for siding on anyone’s home. James Hardie siding comes in a wide variety of styles such as lap, cedar shingle, or panel (vertical), allowing any homeowner to find the look they want to achieve for their home. They also offer many different colors for your siding. When you choose your product and color, they apply multiple coats of paint and bake this on, allowing for a fade, chip, and crack resistant siding product. Hardie is not prone to warping or cracking and is moisture, fire, and insect resistant. James Hardie offers a 15 year warranty on color, 15 year trim warranty, and 30 year siding warranty.
James Hardie siding is much heavier than engineered wood or vinyl siding. The weight of the siding means that installation is more labor intensive. Special measures need to be taken to be sure that breaking or cracking doesn’t occur while crews are moving the product around. The weight of the siding means that putting it up on your home can take longer as well; installation costs increase because of this.