The Benefits of James Hardie Siding for Your Home

Your home exterior is exposed to the elements 24/7 without a break from the heat, cold, and severe storms the Greater Memphis area experiences at times. So when you’re in the market for replacement siding, it’s vital to choose a heavy-duty material that will safeguard your home through it all. 

Unlike wood siding (which requires tedious upkeep and absorbs moisture), or vinyl (which may warp or suffer water intrusion), fiber cement siding has a track record of durability that stands the test of time—and mother nature! 

Let’s explore the advantages of America’s top fiber cement siding—James Hardie. 

12 Performance Advantages of James Hardie Siding and Trim over Traditional Siding Materials  

1. Long-lasting

Fiber cement products are made of Portland cement, sand, and cellulose fibers—but each manufacturer makes it a little differently. Hardie siding and trim products include proprietary additives that enhance the product’s performance. When installed properly and maintained well over the years, this resilient material can last up to 50 years! Its long-lasting nature saves you time and money because you won’t have to replace your siding for decades! 

2. Beautiful styles 

There are several gorgeous siding styles you can choose from to complement your exterior perfectly. Get timeless horizontal lap siding (Hardie® Plank), or contemporary vertical siding (Hardie® Panel). If you want a rustic chic farmhouse design, combine vertical planks and add Hardie® Trim over the seams. 

Hardie® Shingle delivers the look of cedar shakes without wood’s demanding upkeep—and this style can be used on your whole home or just as an accent on your gables. With Hardie® Soffit, you can even ensure your soffits are well protected with durable Hardie products. 

3. Enduring color 

Hardie siding and trim products come with the added advantage of factory baked-on color which includes a 15-year warranty against cracking, peeling, and chipping. Choose from a wide variety of designer-picked hues. 

4. Stands up specifically to the Greater Memphis area’s climate

As you know, the Greater Memphis area has much different weather than other parts of the country—like the northeast, extreme south, coastal areas, or the northwest. That’s why Hardie siding is engineered to safeguard homes from the weather elements in specific regions of the country. 

The Hardie® Zone system ensures you get the perfect siding for our area. The HZ10® product protects your home from heat, humidity, blazing hot sun, and more. 

5. Non-combustible

Wood siding fuels a fire, and vinyl melts almost immediately, but Hardie siding won’t ignite when it is exposed to a direct flame and won’t fuel to a fire. Many insurance companies discount homes covered in it because of its fire-resistant qualities. 

6. Unappealing to pests and woodpeckers

Termites, carpenter ants, beetles, and woodpeckers can bring destruction to other siding materials, but Hardie siding is so resilient that it doesn’t attract these critters. The expense, hassles, and time you save bypassing pest infestation and woodpecker damage alone makes this strong siding worth the initial investment. 

light blue james hardie siding installed on greater memphis area home by bluff city exteriors

7. Weather resistant

Wood siding expands and contracts with changes in humidity, and vinyl tends to crack in the cold. But Hardie siding and trim products are Engineered for Climate® so they withstand harsh weather, temperature extremes, and the change of seasons—with ease. Hardie fiber cement resists the impact of hail and windblown debris, so you can rest at ease in the midst of storms. 

8. Environmentally friendly

James Hardie is one of the greenest siding brands in the industry because of its makeup and sustainable practices. 

9. Water resistant

Hardie siding and trim products stand out from the competition when it comes to moisture resistance. When water seeps into siding, it relentlessly damages a home’s protective layer and more—depending on how long it is left unnoticed or unaddressed. 

When moisture gets into home siding, it will swell, crack, and mold. Your paint may come off the exterior as a result, and your home’s structural integrity can even be impacted if you let the problem fester long enough. Over time, water damage compromises your most significant investment’s protective layer and makes your home vulnerable to major damage. 

10. Outstanding 30-year warranty

James Hardie stands behind their outstanding products with a 30-year warranty when it is installed by one of their trained preferred contractors (like us!). The warranty is transferable, so your siding is still covered if you sell your home. And it’s non-prorated, so the coverage doesn’t decrease years after its installation. Wow! That really makes Hardie products stand out among the competition. 

11. Low maintenance

While Hardie siding is low maintenance, that doesn’t mean “no maintenance.” To keep your exterior looking fabulous, simply wash it twice a year with a garden hose and medium bristle nylon brush. Use mild soap for any areas that need a little extra attention. Additionally, keep an eye on the caulking between siding joints, particularly around your doors and windows. If caulk begins to get old, remove it and replace it with caulk from your local hardware store. 

12. Third-party tested

Hardie® Plank lap siding earned the Good Housekeeping Seal. This seal is a sought-after mark of quality and is granted after a product’s rigorous evaluation by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. 

Get Stylish, Durable James Hardie Siding Installed by Our Expert Team

The Memphis area’s weather calls for durable siding materials to protect your house year after year. As they engineer their unmatched siding products, James Hardie is committed to the highest level of quality and always has homeowners’ needs in mind.  

At Bluff City Exteriors, we are James Hardie Elite Preferred contractors, so we install your siding according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, protecting your warranty and ensuring you get the high performance you deserve for decades. 

Take a moment to learn more about how our siding services can increase your home’s value, lower its maintenance needs, and add stunning style to your exterior.