Does new siding increase your home value?

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Ebby Bowles

Out with the old, in with the new. Nothing can liven up your home's exterior like new siding. But, new siding is much more than a facelift — it can also increase your home's value. 

Undertaking a siding replacement project is a big deal, and it takes a lot of time and resources. However, re-siding is an investment that not only pays dividends by decreasing maintenance needs, providing better protection to your home's exterior, and improving curb appeal but also by boosting the re-sale value of your home. According to the Remodeling 2023 Cost vs. Value Report, replacing your home's siding with fiber cement siding is one of the top remodeling projects homeowners can do to increase their house's value. 

In this blog, we'll unpack why re-siding is a worthwhile investment and dive deeper into the benefits of re-siding with fiber cement. 

The value of investing in fiber cement siding

The value of fiber cement siding is undeniable. According to the 2023 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, replacing your existing siding with fiber cement adds an average of $17,129 to your home's value. That's based on replacing 1,250 square feet of pre-primed and painted siding, and it represents an 88.5% return on the cost of your siding project. 

Investing in Hardie® fiber cement siding and trim also provides the following benefits: 

  • Lifetime value: Due to their longevity and durability, Hardie® fiber cement siding products can outlast typical repair, maintenance, and replacement cycles that other materials may require.  
  • Lower insurance rates: Compared to vinyl siding, fiber cement is non-combustible and hail-damage resistant, which can reduce insurance premiums. Contact your agent for more information. 
  • Reduced maintenance: ColorPlus® Technology finishes are baked onto all Hardie® fiber cement products, resists fading, chipping, and cracking and may lower maintenance costs and cycles over time.  
  • Excellent warranties: All Hardie® fiber cement siding, trim and soffit products include a 30-year, non-prorated warranty. 

How fiber cement siding increases home value

If you're ready to re-side, the good news is that there are a multitude of different types of siding available. However, not all siding materials are equal, and it's essential to consider how different materials hold up against extreme weather, natural disasters, pests, and changing exterior home style trends. 

Fiber cement siding is extremely durable, holds up well against fire, and is pest and moisture resistant. Meanwhile, vinyl siding can melt and warp under the sun's rays, wood products can be distorted by changes in humidity, and engineered wood siding can swell and buckle or succumb to fire damage. 

Besides being highly durable, fiber cement is a great choice for those concerned with their home's aesthetic. Hardie® fiber cement siding is available in a variety of styles, from traditional and timeless Hardie® Plank lap siding to authentic and beachy Hardie® Shingle siding. With sidings available in an assortment of gorgeous colors, all of which utilize James Hardie’s exclusive ColorPlus® Technology, the sky is the limit for your home’s new exterior design. 

Seeking more re-siding inspiration? Check out the full line of James Hardie products in our Product Catalog

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The importance of siding replacement

Siding is the shining armor your home needs to protect itself against the elements, shielding the underlying structure from moisture, wind, debris, and damage. Outdated siding can detract from curb appeal and lower property value by giving the home a tired or neglected appearance. 
On the other hand, updated siding can instantly refresh a home's exterior, making it more attractive to potential buyers. If you've identified that it's time to re-side — perhaps due to excessive maintenance needs, pest infestations, or rotting, to name a few — it's important to carefully consider the type of siding you choose.  

Check out our blog for more step-by-step details on how to  plan for a siding replacement.  

Install the right siding for your home today

If you're feeling more confident about your decision to re-side, congratulations! A siding replacement not only leads to long-term durability and enhanced curb appeal but also can boost the resale value of your home and lower maintenance costs for years to come. Plus, new siding allows you to completely customize your home's exterior according to your color, style, and texture preferences. 

Before you commit to a new look and feel, use the Hover® Design Studio to visualize your home's design and play with a multitude of possibilities for how Hardie® products can transform your home exterior. 

When it's time to install your new siding, be sure to check out our installation guide, which includes tips on how to source a local contractor and what to expect from a certified James Hardie specialist. 

Ebby Bowles