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Superior Siding

James Hardie® fiber cement products combine beautiful design with high performance. Time and time again, we beat our competitors on both curb appeal and durability.

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James Hardie has always been ahead of the siding industry curve. Technology
advancements put James Hardie 5 generations ahead of generic fiber cement.

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James Hardie Building Products invented fiber cement over 30 years ago.

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James Hardie has spent over $100MM in research and development, and continues to invest in product advancements.

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America's most popular choice of siding

How Does James Hardie Compare?

 
Features & Benefits James Hardie
Fiber Cement
Vinyl
Siding
Wood
Siding
OSB
Siding
Non-Combustible
30-Year Non-Prorated Warranty
Rot Resistant
Impervious to Termites
Resistant to Warping/Shrinking
Will Not Melt
Highly Durable
Weather Resistant
Real Woodgrain Look and Feel
Easily Painted
Post-Purchase Satisfaction
Backed by Good Housekeeping Seal
JH Fiber
Cement
Features & Benefits
Non-Combustible
30-Year Warranty
Rot Resistant
Impervious to Termites
Resistant to Warping/Shrinking
Will Not Melt
Highly Durable
Weather Resistant
Real Woodgrain Look and Feel
Easily Painted
Post-Purchase Satisfaction
Backed by Good Housekeeping Seal
Vinyl
Siding
Wood
Siding
OSB
Siding
Both our siding and trim are Engineered for Climate®, so no matter where you live, you can rest assured that your investment is going to stand up to Mother Nature.

James Hardie® Products vs. Vinyl

There are many reasons to choose James Hardie siding over vinyl, the first of which is appearance. James Hardie siding is over five times thicker than vinyl, allowing for deeper grooves and a more authentic wood-grain effect. The result is more elegant than vinyl (which is plastic), particularly on a historic home.
Then comes function. Vinyl melts easily in a fire (or even from the reflection of the sun off Low-E glass windows); James Hardie products are noncombustible. Vinyl may crack and warp from the elements; James Hardie products are more durable and resist warping, sagging and melting.

James Hardie® Products vs. Wood

James Hardie siding is not only less expensive than wood, it won’t be eaten by animals or insects. It also resists water absorption better than wood even where the manufacturer’s recommended protections are followed, helping protect against mold.

When there’s a fire, James Hardie siding is much better at withstanding damage, while wood goes up in flames.
James Hardie siding and trim products provide more protection than wood from wet and freezing conditions as well as hot, humid weather.
Wood may split, crack and deteriorate over time, while James Hardie siding resists weather damage and keeps its shape for a much longer time, which means less maintenance to worry about year after year.

James Hardie® Products vs. OSB

James Hardie fiber cement is specifically formulated to better resist damage from the very predators—moisture, freezing temperature, humidity, pests and fire—that pose threats to wood-based products.
Oriented Strand Board (OSB), also known as wood composite or engineered wood siding, consists of wood strands bonded together under heat and pressure with a resin. When used for exterior siding, it is susceptible to rotting from water damage.
 
The bottom edges of OSB can expand and split over time where exposed to cyclic wet and freezing conditions.

HardieTrim® Boards vs. Wood or PVC

Trim is the finishing touch that makes your house look tailored and well-maintained—so don’t skimp.
Painted wood trim looks nice at first. But because wood expands and contracts more than fiber cement does, the paint on wood trim tends to crack and peel faster, requiring more frequent spot repairs to prevent it from looking sloppy.
 
PVC has its own issues. For one, it’s plastic, making it more susceptible to thermal movement, which creates unsightly gaps and buckling. Often, nail heads stick out like sore thumbs. HardieTrim® boards come with concealed fasteners.
 
HardieTrim boards are engineered for durability, complementing the performance of our siding products. They also offer a variety of design possibilities for windows, doors, gables, corners, and more. In other words, the fun part. And remember, like all of our siding products, HardieTrim boards are available with ColorPlus Technology finishes.
I've been using Hardie siding in the Texas heat for over 10 years. The homes I built then still look brand new today.
JIM SARGENT Waxahachie, TX has built a reputation for creating environmentally sustainable houses. Sargent began his custom home building business in the 1970's during the oil embargo and ensuing energy crisis. From the beginning, he has monitored the energy consumption of every home he has built.