Why James Hardie / Fire Prevention Testimonials
Fire Officials and Homeowners on Fire Prevention:
James Hardie: Fire Resistance Put to the Test
A real-life story of a family who credits HardiePlank on reducing damage from a fire that threatened their home.
James Hardie Fire Test
See how James Hardie® siding compares to vinyl and wood siding in this side-by-side fire test.
Angora Fire, El Dorado County (Lake Tahoe area)
"Three years ago I installed HardiePlank® siding on my cabin in Tahoe. My cabin happened to be in the center of the hottest part of the fire but it survived. All 22 houses and cabins on the West side of my street were totally destroyed along with all cabins on the streets above and below me. The cabin next door burned completely. The firefighters said because the fire was so hot, if the Hardie siding had not been there I would not have a cabin." Homeowner
"I want to thank your company for producing a truly fine product which saved our house from destruction. We were located in the worst part on the Angora Fire, all of the surrounding homes burned to the ground and my house is the only one standing on the block. We installed your cement siding about five years ago and it was the best investment we ever made. Thank you again." Homeowner, South Lake Tahoe
San Diego County fire official on requiring James Hardie siding to protect against future fires:
After 1993, Laguna Beach fire destroying close to 350 homes, Orange County, California building codes were upgraded requiring tile roofs and non-combustible or fire-resistant siding on all new homes in high fire-risk zones.
Atlanta fire officials on importance of non-combustible exteriors in high density neighborhoods:
Portland contractor credits Hardie siding for preventing fire spread in apartment complex, finding unscathed HardiePlank under melted plastic, burned. "For my own home, that's the product I'd have."
"We feel that the fiber-cement siding is probably what saved the structure," Deputy Chief, St. Paul, MN Fire Department
Colorado State Forest Service, list of recommended products excludes vinyl siding.
Building Code Change Effective April 5, 2007. The Building Code Council made an emergency code change, effective April 5, 2007, that impacts townhouse construction. Vinyl, wood and aluminum soffits are no longer permitted in North Carolina. Soffits must be noncombustible or constructed to at least one (1) hour fire resistive construction. Vented noncombustible soffit is permitted. Permit applications received after April 5, 2007, are required to meet these new standards. Contractors should contact their building inspector to determine individual building requirements during this transition.
Outer Banks/Southern Virginia
The owner of this Outer Banks home claims that if his home had not had James Hardie siding, his trailer with valuable tools would have also been lost.