James Hardie vs Vinyl Siding
2 Low Maintenance Siding Options, which is right for you? While both are easy to clean, pest resistant and fade resistant. There are some notable differences in long-term performance.
Durability - James Hardie is much more impact resistant than vinyl. Some insurance companies will even give you a discount on your premiums if you install James Hardie Siding on your home, because it is so durable. When you think about a hail storm in Kansas, it’s not a matter of If but When it will happen. If you plan to stay in your home for a decade or more, than the more durable siding may actually save you money in the long run.
Severity can vary substantially, anytime there is a hail storm, it’s a good idea to look closely at your siding to make sure you don’t have any issues. Cracked vinyl siding can open the door to moisture, which can cause problems that you can’t see, until it affects other finishes.
Heat Resistance - Vinyl Siding can warp from placing a barbeque grill too close or from a fire at a neighboring location, sometimes up to 60 feet away, depending on the product. Though treated for fire resistance, they will melt and need to be replaced if exposed to extreme heat.
James Hardie Siding, being a cement based product, is naturally fire resistant. Even when exposed to Direct Flame, it will not combust.
Fading - Eventually, you may see some fading on any siding you install on your home. Painting your siding maybe a good option as long as it is still in sound condition. James Hardie Siding comes both Primed and Pre Finished and both are easily prepared for new paint. Vinyl Siding requires specialized paint and may require a sealer/bonding primer in order to repaint. The natural flexibility of vinyl can also present issues with the paint cracking and peeling over time.
Conclusion: If you want a low maintenance siding product that will last for decades, even when exposed to harsh weather conditions, James Hardie is your best option.