When you are planning to replace your current siding, you must consider a product that doesn’t just improve your home’s curb appeal, but also protects your home from various kinds of damage such as fires. Products from James Hardie®, one of the prominent siding brands in the market, are engineered to do just that.
In fact, James Hardie’s fiber cement siding can help stop potential fires from spreading in your home.
Excellent Fire Resistance
Fire resistance refers to the property used in conjunction with James Hardie siding that prevents or retards the passage of excessive heat, hot gases or flames under conditions of use. While fire devours wood and melts vinyl almost instantly, James Hardie siding won’t ignite when exposed to a direct flame nor it will contribute fuel to a fire.
Then again, heat will transfer through them, which means that the products themselves are not one-hour fire-rated. However, they are qualified for use in certain building design assemblies. The siding, along with other components of an assembly, should have the ability to confine a fire, continue to perform a given structural function or both as dictated by ASTM E 119 tests. Having interior wallboard that resists burning for at least an hour buys time for the family members to get to safety and the fire professionals to arrive.
The Other Qualities of James Hardie Siding
Apart from its excellent fire resistance, the siding products of James Hardie are capable of standing up against the weather. Unlike wood- and vinyl-based siding, they won’t expand, crack or buckle when exposed to temperature changes. They’re also specifically engineered to withstand damage from various forms of storm damage, including moisture, hail and wind.
The fiber cement’s composition also makes James Hardie siding five times thicker than vinyl siding, providing homes with multiple layers of protection against pest infiltration. It’s not appealing to termites, and woodpeckers and squirrels can’t penetrate through the surface as easily as they do on the wood siding.
Exterior Building Solutions has vast experience in helping local homeowners boost the appearance and value of their homes by installing beautiful and durable siding. Whether you need a repair or replacement, we make sure to exceed your expectations by delivering top-of-the-line service and outstanding results.
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