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Comparing Siding Options: Engineered Wood vs James Hardie Fiber Cement

Homeowners here in the Minneapolis metro area who are seeking to replace their siding with a substantial product with the look of real wood usually consider two different products:  engineered wood, and fiber cement siding from The James Hardie Company.  (Engineered wood is also referred to as OSB siding.)

And of course, the word ‘wood’ often gives the engineered siding product the edge. Now, the engineered part means that this wood-based product has had things done to it to improve on the natural characteristics of wood, and it definitely has some advantages over the wood Mother Nature produces.  But the bottom line is that it is produced using wood fibers.

That means OSB siding still wood, and as a siding product, there is no wood that is good. Period.

Now, The James Hardie Company understands that homeowners like the appearance of real wood, which is one reason they have created siding styles that replicate the look of real wood. Engineered wood has a similar look, but unfortunately it’s still subject to many of the drawbacks that real wood has.

If you’ve been considering having OSB siding or engineered wood installed on your home, we’d like you to take a closer look.  The James Hardie Company has some terrific side-by-side comparisons of their wood-look fiber cement siding and engineered wood.  Yes, that engineered wood has been processed and treated to reduce the problems associated with wood siding, but nothing can completely eliminate them.

  • Engineered wood siding will still catch fire and burn; after metal siding, fiber cement siding is one of the most fire-resistant residential siding products on the market

So please check out this helpful article from The James Hardie Company before you choose engineered wood siding for your Minneapolis area home.  We’d love to talk to you about why we believe fiber cement siding is a superior product.  We do install both, so we’ve had plenty of experience to draw on.

Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home improvement contractor, specializing in installation of siding, energy-efficient replacement windows, and more exterior home remodeling services. 



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