June 24

3 Popular Siding Styles to Consider

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The right siding protects your home and keeps it looking its best. When it’s time to replace your siding, it’s important to select the right style, materials, and brand for your home. Siding is a significant investment, especially when you invest in durable fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding provides benefits that other materials don’t deliver, giving homeowners a strong return on their investment.

At Monarch Exteriors KC, we recommend James Hardie® fiber cement siding because of how well it performs. Visually, it adds beauty and elegance to your home, giving you outstanding curb appeal. Performance-wise, It offers strong protection against the weather, pests, and fire.

Fiber cement siding can mimic any other material in touch and appearance while boasting nearly unlimited color options when field painted. James Hardie siding comes in several styles with plenty of design options and colors to consider. 

Hardie® Plank Lap: This is Hardie’s best-selling product and North America’s most popular brand of siding for a good reason. Sometimes called clapboard, lap, or plank, it provides a traditional and timeless look. It comes in finishes that mimic a natural cedar look or a sleek, modern finish. 

Hardie® Shingle: While most often associated with Cape Cod or Victorian-style homes, shingles or shake siding can add character to any home. The Staggered Edge Panel looks good on cottages and ranch homes and everything in between. The Straight Edge Panel can soften a contemporary style home or add a touch of refinement to a rustic home. 

Hardie® Panel Vertical Siding: Vertical siding is easily identifiable by its wide panels installed vertically to provide a minimalist look. Vertical siding is a characteristic feature of both farmhouse and contemporary-style homes. You can combine panel siding with Hardie Trim boards for a board-and-batten look. 

Hardie® Trim Boards: Trim is the final touch that completes your home’s design. Trim is a great way to introduce colors, whether contrasting your primary house color or using a darker or lighter shade. Trim Boards come in a range of styles to complement any architectural style.

You’ll find that James Hardie siding and trim products look natural on all types of homes. Whether you have a Colonial, Craftsman, Modern Farmhouse, Ranch, or some other style, there are plenty of textures and colors available to fit both your home’s architecture and your personal style.

Why Choose James Hardie Siding?

Today’s leading siding brand is James Hardie, which provides fiber cement siding that they pioneered in the 1980s. It’s a brand synonymous with fiberboard siding because of its durability and good looks. Fiber cement siding is made from Portland cement, cellulose fibers, sand, and water. It is incredibly durable and can last for decades with proper maintenance. James Hardie siding is fire-resistant and termite-proof, making it ideal for homeowners who want a long-lasting solution.

Here are just a few of the important advantages James Hardie siding offers:

  1. Engineered For Your Climate

James Hardie is the only siding company that manufactures siding and trim products for specific climates, ensuring you get the best performance for your region. Their HardieZone® System protects against extreme weather conditions and seasonal transitions, ensuring that their fiber cement products are both long-lasting and beautiful.

  1. Improved Safety

James Hardie siding products are 100% non-combustible, which provides powerful protection from fire damage – it’s rated Class A in fire-resistance tests. Because of this, many insurance companies offer homeowners a discount when they install James Hardie siding products.

  1. Durable and Long-Lasting 

James Hardie is almost five times thicker than vinyl siding products. It resists damage from moisture, rot, termites, woodpeckers, hail, snowstorms, and high winds. Most homeowners will never have to replace their James Hardie siding. 

  1. Easy Maintenance

James Hardie is a low-maintenance option for your home’s exterior. It’s resistant to insects and rot, peeling, chipping, and cracking. The ColorPlus® finish comes with a 15-year guarantee. Most homeowners rinse it gently with a garden hose each year to remove dust and dirt.

  1. Outstanding Warranty

James Hardie offers a 30-year limited, non-prorated warranty on its products and they are guaranteed to resist damage caused by hail or termites. Their products are also guaranteed to arrive free from defects in material and workmanship. James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology carries its own 15-year pro-rated warranty. This warranty ensures that the finish will not peel, crack, or chip. 

Contact the James Hardie Siding Experts at Monarch Exteriors KC

Selecting the right siding color and style for your home is a significant design decision. There are several factors to consider, including your home’s architectural style, the neighborhood, and your personal preferences. Christina and Stephen Spallo, owners of Monarch Exteriors KC, offer individualized design support through digital visualization software that provides homeowners with a clear picture of how their siding choices will look on their actual home. 

Monarch Exteriors KC is a fully licensed and insured company with over nine years of experience working directly for Jame Hardie. Our installers are dedicated craftsmen who undergo training each year to stay informed on the latest installation techniques and requirements. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call Monarch Exteriors KC at (816) 323-5427 or contact us online


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