Homeowners know James Hardie® for their strong, durable, and low-maintenance fiber cement products, which also happen to be among the greenest exterior building materials on the market. In today’s post, Masters Roofing takes a look at what makes James Hardie siding and trim an eco-friendly exterior option.
How Is Fiber Cement Made?
James Hardie pioneered fiber cement as we know it today. While fiber cement has been in use for over a hundred years but underwent a major change when one of its components, asbestos, was found to have health effects and has been banned since the 1980s.
Fiber cement is made of three key components: silica from sand and Portland cement creates fine concrete, which is mixed with wood fibers (which replaced asbestos) for insulation and reduced brittleness. As a composite material, fiber cement can be made into virtually any shape imaginable, with features such as wood grain and baked-on paint applied as needed during manufacture.
An Eco-Friendly Exterior Option
When you choose James Hardie siding and trim for your home, you also help create a house with a lower environmental impact. Fiber cement is made of components that are sourced sustainably and is a sustainable material in itself. Thanks to a longer service life (compared to most other siding options) and full recyclability, virtually no discarded fiber cement product ends up in landfills if properly disposed of.
Fiber cement is biologically inert, which means it doesn’t off-gas particles or pollutants into the air. Also, its inherent insulation can also help you save on your heating and air conditioning costs, which can help reduce your use of electricity from the grid, which is generated mostly from fossil fuels.
Awards and Accolades
James Hardie products have received accolades from building industry publications, including Money Magazine, Builder Magazine, and Green Builder Magazine. James Hardie is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Masters Roofing provides siding installation services and James Hardie products to customers in Cordova, TN, and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (901) 871-7663 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.