Having a beautiful home both inside and out is a wonderful thing. You can enjoy the view pulling up to the garage after a long day at work, and when you step inside, you can relax in comfort.
If you’re looking for ways to make your home shine from the outside, you may want to consider residing your home with James Hardie siding. This durable, sustainable brand of fiber-cement siding is the preferred material used by professional contractors.
Here are 6 ways James Hardie fiber-cement siding can give your home a boost in aesthetics and functionality:
1. James Hardie siding gives your home more “curb appeal”
Curb appeal is the art of maximizing a buyer’s first impression of your home from the time they drive up.
Potential buyers will notice everything including what’s in your front yard, your landscaping (or lack thereof), the plants on your porch, your mailbox, and even your welcome mat.
According to Bob Vila, simply investing in a good landscape design can increase the value of your home by up to 20 percent. And landscaping isn’t the only external improvement that can increase the value of your home. A beautiful siding job can as well.
And James Hardie fiber cement siding can add beauty to your home that will raise your curb appeal quite a few notches.
2. Beautiful siding generates a higher resale value
In addition to adding curb appeal, one of the main reasons people choose to reside their home is to increase the resale value. When your home looks good and is kept in good repair, people will be more likely to buy it.
Although any home improvements you do will cost money up front, you’ll be able to recover a good percentage of the cost through your asking price when it’s time to sell your home.
When people are looking to buy a home, they may not be willing to put a lot of work into fixing it up. If your home needs a new siding job, you may not get many interested buyers, even with a lower asking price.
Even if you aren’t planning on selling your house right now, residing your home with James Hardie siding can create the aesthetic appeal to draw more people in if you do decide to sell.
3. Your neighbors will be envious
Neighbors will notice your home the most when it’s either in great shape or horrible shape. But only a beautiful home will make your neighbors jealous.
If your home is in desperate need of new siding, when you use James Hardie fiber cement siding, your neighbors will think you’ve got a brand new home. They may even ask you who did the job.
4. Fiber cement siding requires less maintenance
One of the biggest complaints homeowners have is the tendency for vinyl siding to fade over time. Unfortunately, paint doesn’t always stick to vinyl siding, and once coated in paint, it tends to become visibly warped. If you can’t paint it, you have to replace it.
Because James Hardie fiber cement siding can handle high heat, moisture, and UV radiation, you won’t have to spend as much time and money on maintenance.
Some James Hardie materials even come with a special technology that reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds your siding is exposed to, reducing the need to repaint.
Vinyl siding may be cost effective in the beginning, but it’s only a matter of time before it starts to warp from being exposed to heat, and you want to close your eyes when you walk by.
5. Your home will be better insulated with James Hardie materials
With HardiePlank Insulated Siding, your siding will do more than just make your home look good—it will insulate it as well. Backed by foam, this siding will insulate your home to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
6. James Hardie siding materials are environmentally friendly
James Hardie is a true leader in the industry, having been named the “Greenest Siding Brand” for five years in a row during the Green Builder Media annual Readers’ Choice survey.
Committed to green building practices, James Hardie materials are constructed from natural, sustainable materials like sand, cement, cellulose fiber, and water.
And in order to maintain high standards for sustainability, 75 percent of raw materials are locally sourced, reducing the impact on the environment, eliminating the need to transport materials using methods known to produce extreme pollution (like big ships, planes, and trucks).
Hire a professional to install your new siding
You probably want to save money on your home improvement projects by doing most of them yourself, and that’s completely understandable. It makes sense to handle many of your own home repairs like fixing your toilet, insulating your attic, or fixing small appliances. Even if you don’t have experience, the learning curve is small for these types of repairs. When it comes to siding, however, your best option is to have it professionally installed.
Residing your home isn’t a good choice for a DIY weekend project. Even experts with zero learning curve can take weeks to complete a siding job. That means if you’re inexperienced, it will take you much longer than you anticipate.
Although it may look easy from the outside, residing a home requires experience working around eaves, corners, soffits, windows and doors. These are the tricky areas where you’re more likely to make a mistake if you don’t have experience.
A James Hardie Preferred Contractor will have the expertise to get the job done right. They’ll be able to spot damage due to mold, water, and rodents. They’ll also know which installation method is best suited for the type of siding to be installed.
If you’re looking for a professional to complete your new siding job, contact us at Siding Pro for a free quote to find out how we can help you create a home you can be proud of.