One of the recognized leaders in siding products, James Hardie® can be found in nearly eight million homes in the United States. The top selling product, HardiePlank® siding won the Good Housekeeping seal shortly after its release in 2013.
Having been in the business for nearly 30 years, Hardie® siding is backed by 5 generations of technologically advanced research and over 100 million dollars invested in research.
HardiePlank® Lap Siding Featuring both Climate® and ColorPlus® Technology, HardiePlank® Lap Siding can be catered to fit any size and style home. The wood has been primed so that colors easily adapt and can be tailored to the customer’s needs. Made of cedar mill cedar, the Lap Siding is also perfect for those more historic homes wishing to preserve their original beauty. Without color, the wood fits perfectly with ranches, and homes located in the comfort of nature. Should the natural style of wood be undesirable, HardiePlank® Lap Siding can be smoothed or homeowners can opt for the beaded cedar mill cedar to give it a sleek modern look enhancing the look of homes along the coast. HardiePlank® Lap Siding also comes in a variety of cuts and can be adapted either horizontally or vertically. Voted America’s number one siding, James Hardie® is a cut above the rest.
Asphalt Roof Shingles One of the more budget-friendly options, asphalt shingles provide homeowners with an economic and attractive alternative to more expensive alternatives. Also known as composition shingles roofing, asphalt offers a sustainable roofing alternative that is weather tight and can be catered to fit various aesthetic styles. While others may argue that slate, clay, cedar, or even metal are better alternatives, asphalt’s economic value and ability to be easily fixed or updated make it one of the top choices of homes in the United States.
Organic Asphalt Roof Shingles Coming in two types, asphalt shingles are either organic or fiberglass. Organic fiberglass shingles are the oldest type of shingles usually made from paper and saturated to degrees with asphalt which makes it waterproof. After the saturation process, the asphalt is then coated with a particular adhesive. The usual choice is either salt or ceramic. The most popular shingle is known as a 3-tab shingle because it is the least expensive.
Fiberglass Asphalt Roof Shingles Fiberglass shingles are not composed of paper but rather, as the name suggests, fiberglass. The fiberglass reinforces the mat. It is the mat itself that is coated with asphalt. It is the fiberglass itself that makes the shingles waterproof.
Pros and Cons Organic shingles have traditionally been known for their longer durability than compared to fiberglass. However, they are significantly more flammable than fiberglass and do not offer the environmental-friendly appeal. Fiberglass, on the other hand, is in the top of roofing materials for its ability to protect against fire, and fiberglass is more preferred by consumers than organic.
Advantages of Asphalt Shingles Not only are asphalt shingles easily adaptable to most budgets, they have an architectural and aesthetic value that other competing materials do not. Asphalt shingles are also versatile in their color. For those that have a little more of a budget or can stretch, premium style shingles offer a more polished look and are usually accompanied by a lifetime warranty.