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Exploring the benefits of fiber-cement siding for seattle homes

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Fiber-cement siding is one of many siding options available for your Seattle home; this versatile and cost-effective material is manufactured from a combination of cement, wood fiber, and sand. This type of siding material offers several benefits and advantages worth considering when building a new home or updating an older home’s exterior.
James Hardie is considered a world leader in fiber-cement siding products, offering a wide array of siding solutions for a beautiful and easy-to-achieve result.

It’s an environmentally-responsible product.

Today, making environmentally-responsible choices for your home doesn’t mean sacrificing style or quality. Fiber-cement siding products are typically made with recycled wood fiber, reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing this siding product. Additionally, fiber-cement siding is extremely durable—it is both fire-resistant and weather-resistant, reducing the likelihood of damage that would require replacement before the product has reached its expected lifespan of 20 to 50 years. Because this product is so long-lasting, installing fiber-cement siding will reduce the amount of waste associated with home upkeep by reducing the frequency with which you’ll need to replace your siding. Furthermore, fiber-cement siding is available in a variety of styles and options, making it easy to install and minimizing onsite waste generation during the installation process.

It’s a versatile and cost-effective solution.

The look of your siding influences the look of your entire home, contributing to—or detracting from—your property’s intrinsic value and curb appeal. However, many of the most visually-appealing siding solutions, such as wood and vinyl siding, are expensive, and these products often require extensive and costly upkeep as well. Fiber-cement siding is a cost-effective alternative to these expensive materials that allows you to achieve the look you want at lower cost and with significantly less long-term maintenance. Modern fiber-cement siding products can be textured and colored to look like more expensive materials, including stucco and wood boards or shingles, but actually cost significantly less to purchase and install. Fiber-cement siding requires extremely little maintenance as well, lowering the time and financial costs associated with this product over the long term.

We are pleased to sell and install top-quality fiber-cement siding products in Seattle, including James Hardie siding. This siding solution comes with a 30-year manufacturer’s product warranty in addition to our company’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you’re ready to explore the benefits of James Hardie fiber-cement siding products and how they can transform the exterior of your home for added durability, value, and curb appeal; schedule a consultation today!

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Is it time to re-side your home?

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But we just painted a few years ago! Is there some way to lower the maintenance and cost? And that doesn’t look cheesy? Yes, new siding.

Siding not only protects your house but good siding can add energy efficiency. But it’s a major investment, so how do you know when it’s really time to re-side. This is one category you will want to research – and you can start right here by asking yourself these need-to-know questions.

What is the condition of your current siding?

  • Is there evidence of deterioration such as sagging, cracking, buckling or discoloration in vinyl siding.
  • Are pieces missing or loose?
  • Is the siding showing moisture or water stains? Water behind your siding can cause mold and rot on your home’s structure, and is a breeding ground for termites.
  • Is paint peeling? Do you have to paint frequently?

Whether you choose to look at siding replacement for damage control or because it will give your home a beautiful new look, there are also energy saving benefits to doing so.

The benefits:

  • Whether its composite (vinyl) or fiber cement, siding products today are made to last and be low maintenance, even in our wet climate. The warranties run from 15 years to lifetime (and transferable).
  • If you painted every 5 years, you’d save at least the cost of 3 paint jobs or more if you had lifetime warranty siding.
  • New man-made siding products can look beautiful, even like cedar shake. They come in designer colors, with matching trims and moldings.
  • The new materials used today and methods of application can lower your utility bills. For example, Cedar Ridge Siding says” If your home doesn’t realize a 20% improvement in energy savings in the first year, we’ll pay the difference”. You can install insulation under fiber cement siding or buy insulated composite siding. This can decrease your heat loss and make your home more comfortable.
  • Many siding materials now include recycled materials. The US Green Building Council, for example, recognizes fiber cement siding for its sustainability. (Source: James Hardie Siding).
  • Protection – some types of siding, such as fiber cement are non-combustible. Siding can straighten wall imperfections, and fortify corners and windows to prevent heat loss. And it can take a pounding – even hurricane force winds.
  • Costs vary by region but typically, vinyl and composite are lower cost. Fiber cement is in the middle and cedar and masonry are highest. You’ll want to speak to any contractor about their installation methods as these are important to having a good, energy efficient finished product and making sure your install meets warranty requirements.

To find out more about siding and learn how re-siding is done, contact Washington Energy Services at 1-800-398-HOME. Washington Energy Services sells top name brand composite – vinyl and fiber cement siding and has design and installation professionals trained to make your siding experience turn-key and your home beautiful.

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