James Hardie vs. Wood & Vinyl Siding

Product Comparisons

JAMES HARDIE® PRODUCTS ARE RARE IN THAT THEY COMBINE BEAUTY AND DURABILITY AND ALSO ARE CONSIDERED “GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE” BY INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS.

How James Hardie Compares to Wood and Vinyl Siding

  • James Hardie Siding does not need to be face nailed (most applications) for a stunning, crisp, and beautiful look siding!
  • Unlike vinyl siding that will melt or burn in a fire, James Hardie siding is noncombustible and approved for fire-rated construction.
  • Vinyl siding color cannot be changed. It is susceptible to fading and difficult to match when repairs are needed.  James Hardie ColorPlus Technology provides up to 30% better fade resistance and offers highly accurate color matching.
  • Vinyl and wood siding are easily damaged by hail and other flying debris. James Hardie siding resists rotting, warping, cracking,  and high winds up to 150 mph.
  • Because James Hardie fiber cement does not undergo the same degree of expansion and contraction that hinders wood-based and vinyl products, it holds paint 3-4 times longer, greatly reducing maintenance costs.
  • Fiber cement costs about 24% less than wood after installation.
  • Unlike vinyl and wood siding, James Hardie Siding products are engineered for climate to stand up to the harshest weather conditions including UV levels, wind, rain, pests, heat and direct ocean front homes.
  • James Hardie siding may be combined with HardieWrap weather barrier and rigid foam insulation panels to help increase energy efficiency.

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