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Elements of Home: Reasons to Choose Fiber Cement Siding

Home is where the heart is – and for people restoring a historical Glenview, IL home or just an old house, it’s also where the wallet is. Looking at your homes siding it’s easy to see the years of wear, weather damage, and even insect damage to wood siding.

While wood siding looks beautiful once restored, repaired, or replaced, it is high maintenance and must be regularly inspected for rot, warping, cracks, mold, and insects. It needs to be cleaned and repainted or refinished every five years. The average lifespan of wood siding is anywhere from 20 to 40 years depending on climate and maintenance.

Vinyl and aluminum siding can look fairly impressive – until you are up close – and while they cannot replicate some of the architectural elements such as trim, fascia, columns, soffits or special siding present in historic homes. This is where fiber cement siding from James Hardie dealers fills a need.

  • Fiber cement is a low-maintenance, but not no-maintenance material. While this siding material is highly moisture resistant compared to wood siding, the caulking around doors, windows, and other edges need to be maintained on a regular basis.
  • While vinyl and aluminum siding materials come pre-colored, that color is subject to fading and repainting may be difficult. Prepainted fiber cement usually comes with a warranty against chipping or peeling for 15 years.
  • Follow dealer recommendations when it comes to cleaning. Spraying with a low-pressure hose and using a soft brush once a year should keep your siding looking like new.

Contact your Glenview, IL James Hardie dealers about cement fiber siding for your restoration project, or even for your new home building project. Your home will be beautiful, durable, and energy-efficient for decades to come.