Why Hardboard siding is rising in popularity
While the fiber cement siding has been the industry standard in recent years, our research and testing are beginning to question the commonly held advantages of this product. The siding industry did not remain idle as questions surrounding fiber cement products began to arise, however, and several newer engineered wood products, including the full line of LP SmartSide siding, have leap-frogged their fiber cement counterparts in terms of performance and value.
“I shopped around with about 4 other contractors until I saw your work on another house. I saw you complete it and it looked great, so I made a call. Your team has a great work ethic and everything turned out great!” — Erica Peters
Following the failure of pressboard siding in the 1990s, fiber cement siding quickly came into favor for both replacement siding as well as new construction. Over the past few years, however, fiber cement siding started to cause homeowners and savvy contractors some concern. With issues ranging from cracking and flaking paint to installation deficiencies that allowed for moisture to penetrate the fiber cement, resulting in mold and in some cases complete deterioration, fiber cement siding appears to lack the longevity it was once thought to possess.
Furthermore, fiber cement siding is a composite product that includes crystalline silica, which may be inhaled as part of the dust produced during drilling, sanding and grinding of fiber cement boards. As such, we fully expect that OSHA will classify silica as a hazardous airborne substance (much like they did with asbestos) in the coming year(s), making installation and removal of fiber cement siding in the future a very costly (and potentially highly regulated) process, based on a distinct presentation from an OSHA employee.
The team at Advanced Exteriors has a longstanding history with James Hardie siding (our owner even installed it on his home) as well as other fiber cement siding manufacturers, and we are confident that when properly installed it can last for decades. However, our ongoing research and testing is starting to indicate a significant preference towards LP SmartSide products by both consumers and siding contractors alike. Still not convinced? Check out this comparison by a guest blogger on “The Home Inspector”.
Let the experts at Advanced Exteriors put together a custom siding quote for you. We will help you weigh the pros and cons of our various siding products and help you find the perfect fit for your home and your budget.