James Hardie is America’s #1 brand of siding. Installed on over 4 million homes, James Hardie siding products combine the warmth and character of wood with the unsurpassed durability and low maintenance of fiber-cement and carry up to 30-year limited transferable product warranty against chipping, rotting, cracking, and delaminating.
Remodeling Magazine recently rated James Hardie fiber cement siding the #1 product for Return on Investment: Re-Side with James Hardie® Fiber Cement Siding – The Best Choice.
The Pros Know
There are many other projects you can tackle, but only re-siding with fiber cement gives you the best return on your investment 6 years in a row.
- Residing with fiber cement gives a 25% better return than adding a bathroom and costs $61k less to complete
- Roof replacement remodel gives you a 23% less return on investment than re-siding with fiber cement
- Replacing your windows nets you 7% less return on investment than fiber cement re-siding
Remodeling magazine is the industry’s leading home improvement magazine. Since 1988, Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report has compared construction costs for common remodeling projects with the value they add to a home at resale in the current real estate market. The results–upscale siding projects using fiber-cement return the highest value at resale.
|Project||2010 Rank||2009 Rank||2008 Rank||2007 Rank||2006 Rank||2005 Rank|
|Siding Replacement—Fiber Cement||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Siding Replacement—Foam Back Vinyl||6||6||4||7||9||4|
|Minor Kitchen Remodel (replace wall oven and cook top with energy efficient models)||4||7||5||4||4||3|
|Mid Range Bathroom Remodel (update an existing 5′ x 7′ bathroom)||17||14||11||6||4||2|
|Mid Range Roof Replacement||21||18||22||22||18||17|
- HGTV’s “20 Ways to Add Value to Your Home” #1: Spruce Up the Siding
- Money magazine singles out HardiePlank® siding as a great value; a smart investment that delivers on durability
- Smart Money magazine lists James Hardie in Smart Fiscal Sense feature
- #1 Quality Exterior Lap Siding Product for the past eleven years. Builder magazine 1998-2009
- James Hardie® siding is featured on over 20 Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset magazine Idea Houses. And on over 30 Houses on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover.
- A longer paint cycle that can help save you up to $5,000 (on average) over 15 years*
- The #1 return on investment and superior siding value for remodeling projects, (Remodeling Magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report,” 2008)
- Lower homeowner insurance premiums (14% lower on average) compared to vinyl siding**
- No need to hire – and pay for – an additional on-site painting contractor
- Up to a 30-year limited transferable product warranty, as well as a 15-year finish warranty covering both paint and labor
- No waiting for optimal weather conditions to finish and start enjoying your James Hardie-sided home
*Actual cost savings may vary. Based on average repainting cost of a 3,000 sq. ft. home.
**Actual cost savings may vary. Based on average insurance costs of $1,900 a year.
Improve Your Home / Why Settle for Vinyl?
In a recent study of homeowners who replaced their siding with vinyl siding, more than 50% stated that they would have chosen James Hardie fiber-cement siding had they been informed on the advantages prior to making their vinyl siding purchase.
* James Hardie accelerated QUV tests results compared to nationally available premium paint in lab environment.
Five Things to Consider About Vinyl Siding:
1.) It’s Only A Cover-Up. Since vinyl siding is often installed over your old problematic existing siding your current problems may continue to get worse. Additionally, since vinyl is not tightly nailed to the home, it invites insects and moisture to build behind panels, potentially penetrating the structure of the home.
2.) It’s Flammable. Vinyl siding will melt or warp when exposed to a significant source of heat or flame. Some cases have even been reported that vinyl siding has melted and warped due to the heat from the reflection of the sun from a nearby neighbor’s window.
3.) It Fades. If you’ve been told that vinyl siding lasts a “Life-Time”, think again. Over time all colors are going to fade from the sun. So with vinyl what are my options?
Install a replacement piece. Good luck finding a matching color.
Pay to have the entire wall, or house resided with vinyl again.
You can attempt to paint it, but because it was designed to expand and contract with climate changes, painted vinyl panels tend to crack and peel over time.
4.) The Warranty. What does “Life-Time” really mean? Be sure to closely review the warranty’s fine print to see what is truly covered and for how long. Review closely a vinyl manufacturer’s definition of “Normal Weathering.” Ask your vinyl sales rep how much is (4) Hunter Units. In addition most of those warranties have confusing pro-ratings that almost always favor the manufacturer.
5.) Curb Appeal. Although vinyl siding attempts to imitate the look of wood siding, aesthetically it falls short. Many would argue that its overlapping seams and faux wood grain are very unnatural, leaving the home looking like plastic and lacking curb appeal.