Answers To Common Questions About James Hardie
Fiber Cement Siding In The St. Louis Metro Area.
In our decades of experience, we’ve found it’s the hands-down best value for the money. We used to install vinyl siding, but we determined it simply was not high-quality enough to be in line with our Zero Compromises philosophy.
It’s the same with wood siding. Wood siding looks stunning—no question about it. But it’s very high maintenance. Since James Hardie fiber cement siding can accurately recreate the look of wood, it offers the same curb appeal but without all the upkeep.
Also, James Hardie fiber cement siding is simply a better value for homeowners in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. It does cost a little more up front than vinyl siding, but it lasts much longer and looks much better. This means you get a higher quality and a larger return on investment (ROI) for your money. When compared to wood siding, James Hardie fiber cement also tends to be the greater value. It costs less up front than wood, yet still provides a higher ROI on average.
For more info, visit our Why James Hardie Fiber Cement page.
Fiber cement is a composite material made from Portland cement, sand, cellulose fibers, and water. This material forms a very strong, durable finished product that works perfectly as a home-siding material.
James Hardie fiber cement is heavier than vinyl and wood, but not as heavy as siding materials like brick and stone. This puts it in the “sweet spot” in terms of weight. It’s able to withstand high winds much better than vinyl and wood siding—without the potential to create structural issues like brick and stone.
Vinyl may be the most common siding material in the Midwest, but James Hardie fiber cement has become America’s #1 siding of choice. Over eight million homeowners have chosen Hardie because of how much better it looks and performs. Here are some of the benefits:
- Versatility: Perhaps the best part of James Hardie fiber cement siding is the fact that it can be made to replicate other materials, including wood and shingles, allowing for a unique look for your home.
- Durability: While James Hardie fiber cement siding replicates the look of other materials, it is much stronger and longer lasting. It holds up better against severe weather and is exceptionally fire resistant.
- Design Options: Fiber cement can easily be painted any color you desire, often before installation.
- Affordability: Fiber cement is the perfect middle ground of affordability and durability, giving you a long-lasting option without breaking the bank.
Visit our Why James Hardie Fiber Cement page for a head-to-head comparison of fiber cement and vinyl siding in the St. Louis metro area.
James Hardie fiber cement siding is typically less expensive than wood and a little more of an up-front investment than vinyl. Fiber cement siding’s ROI, however, beats both wood and vinyl. In fact, Remodeling Magazine has named fiber cement siding as the #1 home-improvement project in terms of ROI for 10 consecutive years—not only beating other types of siding, but other popular projects like bathroom and kitchen remodeling!
When you choose fiber cement, you choose value.
Composite siding is made of multiple materials. This puts a wide range of siding products in the “composite” category, including fiber cement, engineered wood, and cellular PVC.
Engineered-wood is primarily made of sawdust particles, so it’s still prone to wood-related issues (rot, insects, etc.). Cellular PVC siding is essentially a modified type of vinyl siding. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it means cellular PVC doesn’t have the rigidity fiber cement does to combat the harsh elements.
In our experience, we’ve found that James Hardie fiber cement is the composite siding material that delivers the best combination of looks, durability, value, and performance. That is why it’s the only siding we install.
You can paint it, but you don’t have to. James Hardie offers two distinct color collections (the Statement Collection and the Dream Color Collection) that can be applied to your siding while it’s being manufactured in their factory. View our Color & Style Options page to see your choices.
If you do choose to paint your James Hardie siding, it’s a much simpler process than painting other types of siding. With wood siding, for example, you have to sand and scrape before you can repaint. James Hardie fiber cement siding, however, only needs to be cleaned before it is ready to be repainted.
Our siding installers are extensively trained, obsessed with details, and adhere to every word of the 130-page Hardie installation manual. Since Hardie fiber cement is the only siding we install, it’s allowed us to perfect the special installation process that it requires. For a detailed look at our workmanship, visit our Siding Installation page.
In a word, comprehensive. James Hardie fiber cement siding comes with a 30-year non-prorated labor and material warranty. When you choose Hardie’s proprietary ColorPlus® technology, there is a 15-year finish warranty against peeling, chipping, blistering, flaking, and cracking. This is on top of our own Lifetime Workmanship Warranty! Bottom line: Your investment is protected from all possible angles.
Yes. Our in-home quotes are all about education, not high-pressure sales. We don’t twist your arm or play phony pricing games. Our consultations are easy, relaxed, and informative. Once we measure your home and discuss your project, we provide you with a firm and fair quote—that’s all there is to it!