James Hardie Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

Updated: Aug 5

When remodeling or building a home, many homeowners are uncertain about which exterior siding is best: James Hardie siding vs. vinyl siding.

At A&M Roofing, we always recommend James Hardie as the superior siding option for our clients. Learn why, below.

What Is Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl siding was originally created as an alternative option for aluminum siding.

However, this formerly popular option does present with some limitations.

For example, vinyl siding can become brittle over time which may cause it to crack, warp, or buckle.

In fact, vinyl siding has even been found to melt when exposed to something as common as strong rays from the sun’s reflection.

What Is James Hardie Siding?

James Hardie siding is a cement-based siding that is thicker and more durable than its vinyl counterpart.

This siding is great in that it is able to stand against all elements, temperature, and wear and tear.

Additionally, James Hardie siding is not damaged due to extreme heat and will not ignite even when exposed directly to fire.

Which Siding Is Best for You?

Aside from the superior quality of James Hardie Siding, it goes without saying that this option will better help with curb appeal.

There is an array of colors, profiles, and products within the James Hardie line which can help support your ultimate vision for your dream home.

At the end of the day, it is clear that James Hardie siding is the top choice for exterior siding.

More on James Hardie Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

At A&M Roofing, we are a licensed Virginia Class A Contractor specializing in all types of roofing and exterior renovations.

We are proud to offer James Hardie siding for your home build or renovation.

If you would like to learn more, visit our website today or call us to speak with a member of our team, (703)584-5876.

James Hardie Siding FAQs

Below are some more frequently asked questions about our most popular James Hardie Siding.


Is James Hardie Siding Expensive?

While the material of James Hardie siding is pretty affordable, it may cost a bit more compared to traditional vinyl siding. However, this is a classic example of the tried and true saying “you get what you pay for!” When you invest in this siding material you receive both an aesthetically beautiful product as an extremely durable material that will hold up against even the harshest elements.


Can I Install James Hardie Siding on My Own?

This particular siding requires the expert care of a specialized installer such as those of us at A&M Roofing.


Moreover, when you attempt to install on your own it voids any warranties and can cost you a ton in the long run.


How Does the Cost of James Hardie Siding Compare to Brick and Vinyl?

Generally, our siding will be more expensive than vinyl, and less expensive than brick.


However, it should also run you less money than synthetic stucco and less or equal vs. hardboard or composite siding.


How Often Should You Paint Hardie Siding?

You can expect your new paint to last longer than it would on traditional wood siding. Expect your paint to last 10 years or more!


Can James Hardie Siding Complement Any Style Home?

Our products are so versatile that they can complement anything from a rustic farmhouse style to the sleekest contemporary look.


How Long Does James Hardie Siding Protect from the Weather Elements?

The HardieZone System ensures that it can stand up to even the most severe storm elements specific to your geographic location.


What Other Names is James Hardie Siding Known By?

Some other common names include HardiePlank, Hardie Board and fiber cement siding.


Do you have more questions about your siding options at A&M Roofing? Don't hesitate to reach out to us today to learn more!

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