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July 22, 2021
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3 Ways Fiber Cement Siding DOMINATES Vinyl Siding In Central MA 

Looks, Durability, Value… Fiber Cement Beats Vinyl In Every Category That Matters To You

Vinyl is a great material in some cases. Music records, plumbing pipes, and even bathroom flooring. But it’s simply NOT the best material to wrap your Central MA home in… especially when you have a MUCH superior alternative like fiber cement.

Here are 3 reasons why fiber cement siding—especially James Hardie—beats vinyl siding every day that ends in “y.”

#1: James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Is Engineered For Our Climate

While vinyl siding can crack and fall apart under weather conditions that are common throughout North America, fiber cement siding is designed to endure extreme temperature changes and even the most brutal forms of precipitation.

In addition to utilizing an exceptionally durable material to begin with, James Hardie sub-categorizes their fiber cement siding based on geographical region. By tailoring their materials and design to specific climates, they are better able to hold up to the unpredictable and extreme weather in Central MA.

Hardiezone 10, which refers to the Southern United States, can hold up to extreme heat, humidity, and often hurricane winds. Hardiezone 5, which is pretty much everything north of the Carolinas, is all about protecting the home from wind, moisture, and winter weather.

#2: James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Is More Durable, So It’s A Better Value

Like anything else made of plastic, vinyl siding became popular because it is inexpensive and easy to obtain. Nothing about it makes it the ideal material to protect your home from the elements. Fiber cement siding is more durable and lasts at least twice as long as vinyl siding. You may pay a little less for your vinyl siding now, but it will chip, crack or even start to fall off under extreme weather conditions. This can be anything from hail and winds to heavy rain and snow. Whatever caused the damage, you are going to wind up spending money to repair or replace it. In the long-term, you would have saved more investing in fiber cement siding to begin with. In some cases, this difference is so stark, you can even save money on homeowner’s insurance by investing in fiber cement siding over vinyl.

#3: James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Boosts Curb Appeal BIG TIME

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No one wants to trade style for durability and performance. And when you choose fiber cement siding from James Hardie, you don’t have to.

Their custom siding options can match or exceed anything you would get from aluminum, wood, or vinyl, in terms of color and design. Installing new fiber cement siding can also drive up the cost of your home, so it may literally end up paying for itself.

Want The Best Of The Best Siding? Choose James Hardie Fiber Cement

Long story short, you should never waste your money on inferior siding, with the hopes that the lower cost will justify it. If you intend on keeping your home for the long term, it makes way more sense to invest in James Hardie fiber cement siding, which can withstand whatever the weather throws at it.

But here’s the thing: James Hardie is tough to install. Not just any company can do it—the installation manual is well over 100 pages! We’ve definitely seen some problematic Hardie installs a time of 10.

If you want installation worthy of James Hardie siding, contact Solid State Construction. We’re one of the top James Hardie installers in the COUNTRY. There is literally no other contractor in the area that installs as much Hardie siding as we do.

Get in touch today to schedule a free in-home appointment or virtual consultation. We would be honored to hear from you!