Enhance Your House With Fiber-Cement Siding
This sturdy, innovative building product can increase the beauty and value of your home
"Fiber cement" is exactly what it sounds like: a mix of wood pulp fibers and portland cement. Together, these materials make quite a pair for exterior siding and trim, offering the strength and resilience of masonry with the beauty of natural materials like stone, brick or wood—at a fraction of the cost. Updating your home with fiber cement siding will instantly increase your curb appeal and offer a high return on your investment.
And with today's myriad of styles, textures, and colors to choose from, you can achieve an authentic, period-perfect look, with higher performance and lower maintenance than traditional materials.
If the weather conditions in your area are frequently harsh, or your home takes a lot of direct sunlight, natural wood and painted exteriors can crack and fade quite substantially over time. However, color that is "baked-on" and infused with color at the point of manufacture, like James Hardie's ColorPlus® Technology finish, is specifically engineered to withstand damaging UV rays and harsh conditions, and resists peeling, cracking and chipping for a longer-lasting finish.
Shown: Board and batten with plank in Soft Green
Unlike wood, fiber-cement shingles resist rotting, curling, warping and splitting. So whether you're restoring the look of a grand Cape Cod or adding distinction to a handsome bungalow, you can get the warm, enchanting look you want without the constant upkeep.
Shown: HardieShingle® Siding in Arctic White
Deeper body hues give a warm, welcoming feeling, while soft contrasts between siding and trim can make homes appear larger. If you're afraid of making a color mistake, use a variation of your original shade. Or, view the palette of James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology colors curated specifically for your region to envision how a new palette will look on your home.
Shown: Woodland Cream
A distinctive palette using a range of tones within one color family creates depth. And combining vertical, lap, and shingle-style siding generates textural interest.
Fiber cement trim boards allow you to create a variety of non-structural architectural elements, such as column wraps, friezes, fascia, gables, and other accent areas. Using a contrasting color on trim and embellishments adds drama and dimension.
Shown: Sail Cloth
Compare samples of the siding colors you plan to work with alongside your roofing options. If you have your heart set on a particular roof shade, tie everything to that color and work backwards. Or, to mix and match siding and roof colors, use a program like the James Hardie Design Center to see how each combination would look on an actual home.
Shown: Khaki Brown