June 2

What Makes Fiber Cement Siding Low Maintenance?


All building materials require some level of maintenance, and if you are like most homeowners, you want to do as little home maintenance as possible! At Monarch Exteriors KC, we understand how frustrating high-maintenance exteriors can be. We firmly believe you should spend your free time enjoying your home with family and grandkids versus always maintaining it. That is one of the main reasons we only install James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

Keep reading to learn why so many homeowners in Kansas City have chosen to eliminate the yearly power washings that come with vinyl siding and the never-ending wood rot repair with wood-based sidings and have chosen fiber cement siding.

1. Materials Make the Difference

Fiber cement gets its low maintenance characteristics from the materials it’s made out of and how it’s engineered to resist the weather. James Hardie’s siding is made out of fiber cement. This innovative product combines wood fibers, Portland cement, sand, and water to form a durable siding material that looks like wood but lasts much longer. Fiber cement siding is denser than other materials and does not burn, melt, or warp. Since it is mainly cement, Hardie siding does not expand or contract like vinyl or wood-based sidings. This is one of the reasons fiber cement siding holds paint better than other siding options and looks new longer. 

2. Engineered for Kansas City!

James Hardie invented climate-specific HardieZone® Technology, which offers outstanding performance and durability. James Hardie is the only company that manufactures siding and trim products for specific climates, ensuring you get the best performance for your region. The HZ5® product line is perfect for Kansas and Missouri, where we have a little bit of everything when it comes to weather. These materials work in wet, freezing conditions or under the heat and humidity of summer. 

3. Pest Resistance

Wood siding attracts pests such as termites, carpenter ants, woodpeckers, and squirrels that can threaten the structure of your home. Fiber cement siding offers little appeal to termites, woodpeckers, and other pests. James Hardie siding is built to resist the time-consuming problems pests and woodpeckers can create for homeowners.

4. ColorPlus® Provides Peace of Mind

Fiber cement is resilient, and when you paint it, the color stays put! Not only that, but James Hardie offers factory baked-on hues that are warrantied for 15 years against flaking and peeling. James Hardie’s exclusive ColorPlus® Technology is UV-resistant and resists premature fading. James Hardie has even taken the guesswork out of your home’s exterior color choices. Hardie’s Statement Collection and the Dream Collection give you spectacular options to choose from that work for every architectural style. 

Fiber Cement Siding Requires Minimal Upkeep

To keep your home tightly sealed and protected from water intrusion, regularly inspect your caulking a few times a year and after any severe storms. Look at the seams of your siding as well as around windows and doors to verify that the caulking is fully intact. If it begins to deteriorate, simply replace it to ensure your home is protected from water intrusion by remaining well sealed. 

James Hardie fiber cement siding is easy to clean. Just use a garden hose to remove dust and dirt each spring and fall. This regular cleaning helps prevent mold and mildew from developing and keeps the color looking vibrant longer.

How Long Does Hardie Siding Last?

James Hardie products now cover the exteriors of more than 8 million homes across North America. James Hardie is so confident in its siding that it comes with a 30-year transferable product warranty, covering both material and labor when it’s installed by a James Hardie Preferred contractor. Due to its strength and durability, Hardie siding lasts up to 50 years.

Your home is your biggest investment, and siding is a significant exterior component. When it’s time to replace your siding, there are many reasons to choose fiber cement. We strongly recommend using low-maintenance James Hardie siding so you can spend more time enjoying your home with family and friends and less time repairing and maintaining it. 

Contact the James Hardie Siding Experts at Monarch Exteriors KC

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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