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How to choose the right siding product in Coeur d'Alene (or what's important in a siding product)!

Let's discuss in a little more detail some of the features and benefits of James Hardie Fiber Cement siding and how they protect you and your loved ones!


Water can damage your home and cost you lots of money, time, and energy dealing with the problems it can present if it gets past your siding. The damage may be gradual and you won’t ever even notice it until it’s too late. Small cracks in your caulking, large cracks in your caulking, broken off pieces, leaky gutters and improperly installed siding are all symptoms of a larger problem. These seemingly small symptoms lead to gradually larger problems causing a normal siding to swell and crack and to lose paint which can lead to mold if not properly managed. This is where James Hardie fiber cement siding with ColorPlus Technology separates itself from the competition here in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Wood based and Engineered wood based sidings will undoubtedly expand, buckle, and crack when repeatedly exposed to cycles of precipitation and drying (link to other blog.)

James Hardie products are specifically engineered to withstand damage from moisture and rot as well as pests like wood peckers, termites, and other bugs. Oh, yeah, rain, sleet, snow; not a problem, either!

As I get older, I can certainly feel the effects of time. Sad but true. Aging is part of the deal, but how you deal with aging is what helps some age more gracefully than others, right? Wood products aren’t created to stand up to the specific demands of our climate here in Coeur d’Alene, but James Hardie products are specifically engineered to withstand our climate through the HardieZone System. The whole product family will look great for years to come with a warranty to back it.

What about fire protection?

Can I expect a siding product to keep me safe? Doesn’t siding burn? True, some siding does burn. Some melts, too, before it burns which will both leave you in a terrible position. Not James Hardie Fiber Cement though. In case the unthinkable happens, you want to know that the walls of your home will protect you while your family looks for safety. Wood is no match for flame. Vinyl siding is no match for fire, either - both will leave you wishing you had chosen James Hardie fiber cement siding instead of either of those. James Hardie siding will not ignite when exposed to direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire. In fact - it’s no wonder James Hardie siding is recognized by fire departments nationwide!*. Because James Hardie products are non-combustible, many insurance companies offer a discount. We recommend sharing fiber-cement siding's fire-resistance qualities with your insurance carrier.

Are you having trouble with pests like birds and insects?

Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your home’s envelope, but, chances are, if your home has a wood or engineered wood cladding like OSB on it, pests are a problem also but you just might not know it yet. Because it’s wood it can be pecked by birds looking for a nice new place to live. And when there’s a hole in your siding it can let in moisture as well as more pests. James Hardie siding installed by Aspen Construction & Design is impervious to pest infiltration. Just a few taps of a woodpeckers beak and they quickly realize they’re no match for your home! As far as insects go such as termites - they don’t want to eat your siding either.

What about harsh weather?

Certainly severe weather will test your home’s strength and durability. We don’t have hurricanes in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, but we do haver some stout winters with blizzards that will hit hard and fast. What about our long periods of drought in the summers with the blistering heat and UV exposure? Choosing a proper siding, paired with proper installation by Aspen Construction can help your home stand up to the seemingly predictable weather events we have here in the Inland Northwest.

*James Hardie siding complies with ASTM E136 as a noncombustible cladding and is recognized by fire departments across the U.S. including Marietta, GA, Flagstaff, AZ and Orange County, CA. Fiber cement fire resistance does not extend to applied paints or coatings, which may be damaged or char when exposed to flames.

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