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James Hardie Siding vs. Vinyl Siding: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to home siding, there are a number of options available. Vinyl siding is one quite popular option. Another up and coming siding is cement siding, also known as James Hardie siding. There, however, a number of differences between the two that are cited. This article has tried to cover the most significant of those differences.

Thickness of the material
While the most premium vinyl siding is as thick as 0.05 inches, James Hardie siding is about 5 times thicker than regular vinyl siding. This fact provides for the higher durability of the siding as well as more protection for the house.

Vinyl siding has a color that can’t be changed. This color is also often fades out over time. Not only that but it is also very difficult to find a good match when and if you need to repair vinyl siding. On the other hand James Hardie is said to come in better colors, which are also 30% less likely to fade than their vinyl counterparts.

Since James Hardie siding is fiber cement based, it is non-combustible. Furthermore, it is the siding of choice for fire rated buildings and constructions. Vinyl siding on the other hand can get melted or even burn when it comes in contact with a source of flame or heat.

Cement siding by James Hardie resists cracking, rotting, hail, warping etc. It also resists high winds with a 150 mph speed. On the contrary vinyl sidings get damaged by hail, heavy tree limbs and other debris in the environment.

Due to all these factors, it is recommended that given other things constant, James Hardie cement siding can prove to be a better investment for you and your house.

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