One of the leading siding types in the nation, HardiePlank® has gained traction, especially here in the Twin Cities. The James Hardie Company produces a number of fiber cement products, and HardiePlank® is a siding that has the appearance of real wood planks.
With plenty of benefits, a lot of Minnesota homeowners are turning their attention to this fiber cement siding product rather than vinyl siding that has long been the popular choice. Hardie siding overshadows the other siding materials on the market due to its resistance to mold, mildew, bug infestations, and many other things that can damage other types of siding.
There are always questions when it comes to this siding, however, so it is important to find out whether or not HardiePlank® is the best siding choice for you to go with on your Minnesota home.
What Is it? HardiePlank® siding (as well as all the other styles of Hardie siding) is a fiber cement material that is made up of a mixture of things – cement, water, cellulose fiber, sand and other additives. It provides a protective outer layer for a home that can mimic other materials like natural wood, but it is more durable and weather resistant and requires far less maintenance.
Is it Heavy? Yes, fiber cement is a heavier choice for the side of a home, but it is not too much weight for the wall of a house. Builders and home remodeling contractors use it with confidence, and there has never been a weight issue for a home that has this siding installed.
Why Does It Cost More? HardiePlank siding does cost more that some other siding materials; this is because it is a higher quality siding material than many others on the market. It costs more to produce so that it is superior to other siding. But when you choose Hardie fiber cement siding, you’re providing your home with an extra layer of protection, and you’ll get a greater value for the money that you spend on it. What’s more, it can actually add value to your home. In terms of return on investment, it’s one of the best home improvement projects you can do.
How Long Will It Last? This is an important question because if you’re spending more on siding, you want to make sure you’re not spending too much to replace it. HardiePlank® siding can last decades, and The James Hardie Company even provides a 30-year warranty on it. This way, within 30 years if something goes wrong with the siding, it can easily be replaced.
Window Outfitters installs Hardie fiber cement siding on homes in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. If you’re searching for the perfect protection for the outside of your home, Window Outfitters can provide it for you. Speak with us today! We are a licensed siding installation company in Minnesota.