How James Hardie Siding Solves Your Home’s Pest Problems For GOOD
The Same Critters That Love Vinyl & Wood Siding
Won’t Touch Fiber Cement Siding. Here’s Why…
BY JASON QUILLMAN, CO-OWNER
Why choose James Hardie fiber cement siding in the St. Charles area? It looks great. It protects well. It enhances home value. And it’s far and away the siding that pests hate most.
Here’s an example…
James Hardie recently shot a video with a married couple having one heck of a battle with the neighborhood woodpeckers. For years, the woodpeckers chiseled away at the wood siding next to the couple’s bedroom window.
They tried wood-composite siding. It didn’t work. They considered stone siding. It was too expensive. And then they came across James Hardie fiber cement siding.
I won’t spoil the rest, so here’s the video…
This video got me thinking about other pests that LOVE vinyl and wood siding but LOATHE James Hardie fiber cement siding. Vinyl and wood siding both have their own sets of pest “superfans.” And both are susceptible to damage those pests can cause. Below, I explain how…
Pest Challenges With Wood Siding In St. Charles
As you can imagine, wood is an attractive siding material for pests. Wood siding is a food source for some creatures and a prime nest-building area for others. Here are four pests that commonly cause problems for homeowners with wood siding…
- Termites: Wood has the potential to become fodder for termites. Once they’ve exhausted their subterranean food sources, termites move above ground and will go through lower quality and unprotected wood siding like a hot knife through butter.
- Carpenter Ants: They love moist wood, though not for eating. Moist wood is soft wood, and soft wood is easy for carpenter ants to bore into to make a nest.
- Carpenter Bees: In keeping with the “carpenter” theme, these bees have a special place in their heart for all things wood. Just like carpenter ants, carpenter bees build nests within wood siding.
- Powderpost Beetles: College studies show powderpost beetles are second only to termites in their capacity to destroy wood. Their larvae create narrow tunnels as they feed on wood, which can produce tons of small holes in your siding.
- Woodpeckers: Woodpeckers peck wood to eat the insects inside. Since we’ve already established that many insects LOVE to live in wood siding, it’s easy to see how woodpeckers look at your home like a seven-course meal.
Long story short: Pests LOVE wood siding. It’s food. It’s shelter. It’s a breeding ground. It’s a magnet for all sorts of creatures.
You might think vinyl siding is the answer to pest problems. After all, vinyl is plastic, and what pests like munching on plastic? But vinyl siding is just as prone to pests—if not more so—for different reasons…
Pest Challenges With Vinyl Siding In St. Charles
You might think vinyl siding is less pest-susceptible than wood siding. WRONG. Vinyl is prone to pest infestation the day it’s installed.
Vinyl siding expands and contracts—a lot. As a result, contractors have to install vinyl siding with the appropriate gaps in the appropriate places to allow for movement. Otherwise, vinyl siding will warp, buckle, and literally destroy itself because it can’t expand and contract freely.
These gaps can be as big as a quarter inch… which is plenty of space for wasps, spiders, and other insects to crawl through. Wasp nests are a particularly big issue for vinyl siding. So much so that whenever my team has to remove vinyl siding from a customer’s home, we pack a can of wasp spray in our toolkit. Seriously!
Bottom line: Vinyl siding is surprisingly MORE prone to pests than wood siding.
With wood siding, you at least have to wait a few years for pest problems to develop. With vinyl siding? You could be fighting off uninvited critters from day one. And the problem will only get worse as your vinyl siding develops cracks, holes, and gaps over time due to its poor durability.
Why Pests Hate James Hardie Siding Fiber Cement Siding
James Hardie is famously known as the siding with ZERO pest appeal. Termites won’t eat it. Woodpeckers can’t peck through it. And other pests can’t penetrate it because it’s impervious to the durability issues of vinyl and wood siding.
- James Hardie siding is five times thicker than vinyl
- It’s custom-engineered for specific regions to minimize expansion and contraction
- It withstands winds over 140mph and hail the size of golf balls
- Fiber cement does not warp in the sun
- Fiber cement won’t rot or soften due to moisture
So if you’re looking for pest-proof siding in the St. Charles area, get in touch for more information about James Hardie and why we’re the company you want doing the installation. It would be our pleasure to discuss your project with you… and shield your home from the critters that can wreak havoc on it.