If you’ve been on the hunt for top-quality siding you’re probably already familiar with James Hardie siding. Their fiber cement siding combines the convenience of siding, the attractiveness of wood, and the safety of brick, making it an outstanding choice for many homes.
Unfortunately, quality isn’t the only metric most of us are looking at when it comes to our homes; cost also comes into play. In the short term, it’s clear that James Hardie siding isn’t the cheapest option available. But it’s also important to look at the long term to see whether an investment in something like fiber cement siding is something that will pay off. What exactly is the real value of James Hardie siding?
How much does James Hardie siding cost?
There are a lot of factors that go into calculating the cost of James Hardie siding.
This is the most obvious difference. A 1,000 square foot, two bedroom house requires a lot less siding than a 3,000 square foot, multi-level home with an attached garage. If only part of your home will be covered in siding (as with homes that are partially stone-faced, for example), that will also play into the cost. The more siding you need, the higher the price tag.
James Hardie siding isn’t manufactured everywhere. If you are lucky enough to live close to a facility, the cost of transporting the siding you need from the factory to your home will be minimal. If you’re further away, shipping costs can add a significant amount to your total.
Unlike cheap, lightweight siding, fiber cement installation is not a safe DIY project and requires professional installation. Choosing the right contractor for the job involves reading reviews and perhaps multiple meetings in order to pick the one with whom you feel the most comfortable. The contractor you choose will impact the total cost of your siding project.
In general, James Hardie siding costs more than vinyl siding, but less than brick. A free consultation and quote will allow you to see more exactly what the cost would be to install fiber cement siding on your home.
How much does James Hardie siding save?
The cost of replacing your siding.
Most vinyl siding has a lifespan of around 20 years. James Hardie siding, by contrast, has a 30-year warranty and lasts as long as your home does.
The cost of repairs.
James Hardie siding is designed specifically with your climate in mind. While Colorado hail storms can dent cheaper siding, fires melt it, and high winds cause it to bulge or even fly right off, James Hardie siding is built to withstand extreme weather, saving you on repairs and replacements.
The cost of insurance.
Because it is so weather- and fire-resistant, some insurance companies offer discounts for homes covered in fiber cement siding. Contact your insurance agent to find out how much you could save by installing James Hardie siding.
There’s no price you can put on owning a home that is beautiful to you, but with so many colors and styles, there’s no doubt you’ll find one that brings you joy.
So is James Hardie siding worth it?
We certainly think so! But there’s a no-risk, no-pressure way to be sure: get in touch for a free consultation and quote today.