5 Benefits of Choosing James Hardie Siding for Your Home

Rough winter weather does a number on wood houses in the greater Chicago and Naperville area. From temperature changes to wind-blown debris to lots of moisture, wood siding takes a real beating around here.

That’s why so many homeowners in our area are making the switch to fiber-cement siding, which is the siding of choice in nearly 15 percent of new homes going up today.

If you’re finding the maintenance of wood siding in Chicago more than you want to deal with, take a look at what James Hardie siding has to offer. The benefits make it an easy choice over wood as well as vinyl and even brick.

1. Classic Style

James Hardie siding mimics the look of traditional wood siding or cedar shingles, allowing you to keep a classic style or look that fits with your home’s architecture. Your options run from lap siding and vertical siding to shingle siding and panels. Any of these can be great options for a historic home or fit in with extremely contemporary styles as well.

Fiber-cement siding is made from wood fibers along with cement, and the embossed texture gives it the wood-grain look that makes it suitable for any home. It comes in a variety of colors or you can paint it to suit your home’s palette.

2. Resale Value

If you’re concerned about what future buyers might think, keep in mind that fiber-cement siding has proven to provide a better return on investment than natural wood or even engineered planks.

Fiber-cement siding is ranked as an upscale project, and you can expect to get back the majority of your initial spend when you sell your home.

3. Great Protection

Because James Hardie siding isn’t wood, it doesn’t have the same downsides to that material. It’s naturally resistant to fire, insects, and rot. Compare that to vinyl siding, which feeds flames, or wood siding, which is a haven for termites and moisture damage.

4. Durability

Fiber-cement siding is amazingly durable, holding up to being pelted by hail, even. It’s zoned for our area and the specific weather elements we face here, so you can be assured it will last a long time. And at 30 years, James Hardie offers one of the best warranties available.

5. Going Green

If you like the look of wood but have been concerned about the depletion of our forests, know that James Hardie siding is an environmental plus. It’s made with cellulose fibers, which don’t come from endangered tree species, and no toxic materials are used in production. 

Looking for James Hardie Siding?

If you’re looking to upgrade the exterior of your home, you can’t go wrong with James Hardie siding. It gives you the classic look of wood with less maintenance and better durability. Choose from classic colors or plan to paint it to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Looking for James Hardie in Naperville and the surrounding area? Contact us to talk about a plan for your home’s exterior using fiber cement siding. We’re part of the James Hardie alliance program and one to siding contractors in Naperville.

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~Marek Smarduch, SmardBuild Owner & Founder

Here's what customers say...

The high-level craftsmanship and personalized customer experience we deliver are what keep our customers happy and telling their friends about us. We can't wait to help you with your remodeling project. 

Mark and his team did a terrific job and I could not be more pleased with the final work! Throughout whole siding installation process I was kept well informed about the progress and what will be next steps in the process. I'm living in Arlington Heights and anyone who is looking for great siding contractor can stop by my house and check their amazing work. I also plan on hiring them again for another siding project. That would be my parent's home. 🙂

Jessica D.

I researched over 30 companies, and had 5 come out to my house to give me estimates to install new vinyl siding. I ended up going with Smardbuild, and I am very happy that I did. They showed up on time, and finished the entire job within a week. And the quality of the work is the best part. They are perfectionists! I have never seen attention to detail like this. They even went above and beyond the job requirements. They installed aluminum flashing around my sliding glass door to make it look nicer, and that was not even part of the job. And to top it off, they installed 2 new wall lanterns that I bought at Home Depot. 

Tim H.

We used Mark and his Smardbuild team to replace our roof, soffits, fascia, siding, upstairs windows, gutters and front door. All work performed is top notch. We went with Hardie soffits and fascia since we had prior issues with carpenter bees drilling holes in our old, wooden soffits. In my opinion Smardbuild is the best with Hardie products. Everything looks great. It took us a while to finally settle on a color for the siding and Smardbuild was quite patient with our process. After having issues with contractors in the past, it was refreshing to work with such a professional team that actually cares about the quality of their work. Thanks Smardbuild.

Peter P.

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