Hardie siding vs vinyl siding
Outside of appearance, James Hardie siding is over five times thicker than vinyl siding. This allows much deeper grooves and an authentic, wood-grain effect. The result is a much more elegant look which plastic vinyl looks like.
And then there’s function.
James Hardie Siding is noncombustible, whereas Vinyl quickly melts if your home were ever to catch fire — it can even melt when Low E-glass windows reflect the sun onto it.
James Hardie products are also more durable than Vinyl. They better resist warping, sagging and melting when compared to plastic vinyl.
Hardie siding vs. wood siding.
Hardie siding is less expensive than wood and won’t be eaten by animals or insects, like termites. It also better resists water absorption even when the manufacturer’s recommended protections are followed.
And where there’s water absorption, there’s often mold. Unlike wood, Hardie Siding won’t mold.
Wood splits and cracks over time while James Hardie siding keeps its shape for a much longer. This means less maintenance to worry about year after year.
Hardie siding vs. OSB (Orientated Strand Board).
OSB is also known as wood composite or engineered wood siding, and it is susceptible to rotting from water damage because of how it is made: wood strands that are bonded together under heat and pressure with a resin.
Moreover, the bottom edges of OSB often expand and split over time when the weather goes from wet to freezing cold — as it often does throughout the Lower Mainland, like North Vancouver, Mission, and Langley.
Hardie’s Fiber cement is specifically engineered to better resist the damage that happens from moisture, humidity, freezing temperatures, pests, and fire — all of which are massive threats to wood-based siding products.
Over the years we’ve installed every kind of siding available — we’ve seen it all. When it comes down to it, we recommend James Hardie siding.