Today’s homeowners are taking a careful look at siding materials before choosing which one will be the best investment for their home. While curb appeal and a home’s overall look are important, if the siding choice isn’t durable, it can detract from the look of a home in the future.
Are you tired of facing the hassles that faulty siding produces?
When you’re looking for the best siding materials, choose to purchase a long-lasting product with a high return on investment. At MN Contractor Pros, we understand how frustrating it can be to sift through siding options. That’s why we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners in the Twin Cities Metro area transform their home exterior with superior siding materials.
When it comes to siding materials, two popular options catch the eye of many homeowners: LP® SmartSide® and James Hardie® Fiber Cement siding. Here are some facts to consider when comparing these two siding types:
James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding—pros
James Hardie siding is found in over 8 million homes in America. It comes in a variety of styles and color options to match your home’s style. Its beauty, resilience, and lengthy 30-year warranty are some of the features that make it the most popular choice in the siding industry.
The Twin Cities metro area weather can include some extreme weather elements. Minnesota homeowners appreciate the strength and durability of James Hardie siding products. Other benefits homeowners love about this siding include:
1. Increase your home’s resale value
Homebuyers understand the long-term value of James Hardie siding, and the eye-catching curb appeal it creates increases the resale value of a home. It imitates the authentic look of wood siding without the hassles of wood siding products. There’s no need to worry about wood rot or wood damage with beautiful James Hardie siding.
2. Enjoy customizable design elements
James Hardie siding is available in a variety of styles and colors so you can customize it to your style preference. It comes in pre-painted, baked-on color for long-lasting beauty that doesn’t fade. Homeowners who prefer even more color options invest in the primed and ready to paint James Hardie siding. Personalize your home and complement your home’s architecture by choosing from options such as:
- HardiePlank Lap Siding—Homeowners enjoy the timeless look, color, texture, durability, and beauty of this best-selling siding product.
- HardiePanel Vertical Siding—The distinct visual design features of vertical siding work perfectly for farmhouse style or contemporary home exteriors. Crisp, clean lines mark the modern look of vertical siding.
- HardieShingle Siding—Homeowners appreciate the authentic look of cedar shingles with the strength of James Hardie. HardieShingle siding resists rotting, curling, warping, and splitting.
3. Appreciate a Low-Maintenance Exterior
Hardie board siding resists fading, so it doesn’t need to be repainted. It’s easy to clean by simply rinsing it with a garden hose twice a year. Use a non-abrasive brush to help get any dirt off your siding with ease.
4. Relish Siding that Resists Moisture Damage and More!
While wood siding can rot from moisture damage, or open the possibility for insects to infest the home, James Hardie siding resists moisture damage and insect infestation. Its long-lasting, durable makeup keeps homeowners happy for years to come. Its beauty is maintained regardless of extreme weather elements. James Hardie siding maintains its attractiveness while resisting damage from extreme weather, insects, moisture, and hail.
5. Enjoy its Environmentally-Friendly Makeup
James Hardie siding is made of cement, natural cellulose, and sand, which makes it environmentally friendly. This premium siding product has been refined for years, providing a long-lasting, beautiful, durable siding product homeowners love.
6. Rest Easy with Fire Resistant Siding
James Hardie siding won’t fuel a fire if one breaks out in your home. Homeowners who mention they have this siding product often receive discounts from their homeowner’s insurance due to the non-combustible properties of heat resistant James Hardie siding.
James Hardie Siding – cons
James Hardie siding is a greater investment than other siding types. But the investment pays off for years to come because the siding retains its beauty and durability. Its 30-year warranty speaks volumes for its dependability. Although the initial investment is significant, in the long run, it pays to install James Hardie siding.
LP Siding Pros
1. Beautiful Aesthetics
LP siding has wood as part of its makeup, and therefore has a deeper wood grain pattern than other siding options, making it aesthetically pleasing. Curb appeal is enhanced with this outstanding siding.
2. Longer Plank Length
LP siding has 16-foot-long planks, making installation easier and the final product somewhat more attractive than the 12-foot-long planks James Hardie siding uses.
3. Trim Boards with Cedar Wood Texture
LP siding’s beautiful trim boards have a distinct, textured look homeowners enjoy.
LG Siding Cons
Siding that Contains Wood Has Its Downfalls
Although siding with wood as part of its makeup is beautiful, wood can be susceptible to moisture damage, wood rot, and pest infestation such as termites. The wood makeup of LP siding can become like fuel to a house fire.
Limits to the Warranty
In the LP warranty, it states that termite damage is not covered. Additionally, hail is not covered. But the James Hardie warranty covers their climate-specific HZ5 and HZ10 products.
A Relatively New Product
LP siding has only been on the market for 20 years, while James Hardie products have been on the market and continually improving for over a century. LP siding may not help the resale of your home since it is not as easily recognizable by most home buyers as the ever-popular James Hardie siding products.
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