Updated: Aug 20, 2020
Learn why so many homeowners are choosing "Hardie Plank" siding over vinyl siding at the Jersey Shore.
What is James Hardie Siding?
Fiber cement siding ("hardie plank") is designed to imitate the look of natural wood, but is more durable and versatile than real wood, making it an awesome alternative that provides excellent value. To learn more about cement fiber siding and how much it costs to install, continue reading.
Why Choose Fiber Cement Siding
Over the last few years James Hardie fiber cement siding has become just as popular, if not more popular than vinyl and metal siding.
4 Reasons Why Fiber Cement Siding Continues To Grow In Popularity Include:
Durability: Cement fiber siding, when properly installed, doesn't warp, fade or buckle like vinyl siding, another popular wood alternative. And unlike metal siding fiber cement won't dent or rust. It also termite, water, and won't burn.
Value: Fiber cement, in addition to costing less than real wood, is often backed by a warranty of up to 50 years and requires less maintenance than wood over the years. Cement board also holds paint better than wood and may only need to be repainted every 15 years or so.
Beauty: Available in a wide range of designs, finishes, and colors, cement fiber siding provides the natural beauty of wood without all of the hassles.
Eco-Friendly: Compared to vinyl, which contains chemical components which can be harmful to humans and the environment, fiber cement is made from safe, non-toxic materials. The long life of fiber cement siding also contributes to its status as one of the most green building products available.
James Hardie Siding Installation Average Costs
The actual cost of James Hardie siding may vary based on the materials used, the local economy, the complexity of the installation, and other factors.
Fiber Cement Siding Prices
James Hardie siding costs $8 to $12 per square foot. For a home with 1,500 exterior square feet, that’s a total cost of approximately $15,000. At this price, Hardie board is roughly 40 percent more expensive than vinyl siding. This is mostly due to the fact that fiber cement is heavy (around 5 times heavier than vinyl) and therefore more labor-intensive.
The cost to remove and dispose of existing siding, if not included in the estimate, could cost an additional $1 to $3 per square foot.
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