James Hardie VS. Wood


Painting Perils: The end of scraping and repainting is here.

Since James Hardie Siding is made of fiber cement, it does not undergo the same degree of expansion and contraction that hinders wood-based and vinyl sidings. Therefore, James Hardie Siding will hold onto paint three to four times longer than wood siding, reducing your overall maintenance costs, without compromising aesthetics.


You wouldn't paint your car in the driveway, so why paint your house at home?

ColorPlus logoJames Hardie ColorPlus Technology is an innovative baked-on finishing system that provides unprecedented color consistency on every siding product in a wide range of colors professionally developed just for James Hardie.


ColorPlus® Technology

Painting On-Site

Fully Engineered Complete Coating System

Paint out of a can

Color coating specifically formulated for use with James Hardie siding products — Revolutionary formulation unlike anything available in stores

Paint generically formulated for any surface or weather conditions reduces performance

Environmentally controlled, baked on finish, factory applied color coating precisely applied to within 0.00015* thickness tolerance

Field spray impacted by weather conditions — Temperature, moisture, dirt, wind. Too many variables

Multi-coat (more than 2) complete coating system

Generally 1 coat — 2 at most

Fade resistant — Up to 30% better than filed spray*

Fades at a greater rate — Dependant upon quality of paint used

Highest level of consistency — Colors computer matched more precisely than the auto re-finishing industry! Twice as good as the human eye, 3 times better than paint off the shell

5 cans of paint = 5 slightly different shades

Single source warranty — Siding and color coating

Separate warranty that varies by paint manufacturer

Saves approximately $5000 over 15 years

Typically repainted in 7-8 years


* James Hardie accelerated QUV test results compared to nationally available premium paint in lab environment.


Wood Siding Woes
Many homeowners forget to consider the costs and concerns associated with painting the siding that they choose. The reality of wood siding is that it cracks and warps, and even the highest-quality paints will eventually peel. So it begs to be scraped, sanded, primed and repainted every 3-5 years, sometimes sooner. This task is hard work and takes a long time, so hiring a painter each time would be extremely expensive. And as you may already know, doing it yourself can be even worse, after ladders, paints, tarps and the time you'll need to complete the project.




Moisture & Rot: Rot doesn't have to ruin your home.

No one has control over the weather. So it's best to chose siding that resists severe climates and damage from precipitation, like James Hardie fiber-cement siding. James Hardie Siding resists rotting, warping and delamination. In addition, James Hardie Siding is five times thicker than vinyl siding, is resistant to hail damage, and can be installed to withstand winds up to 150 MPH. That means you can rest assured—storm after storm, season after season—knowing that the weather outside has minimal impact on your siding.



Weather Attacks Alternative Siding Products
Moisture can promote rot. So rain, snow and humidity are all hazardous to your home if you have wood siding. Moisture can also have an adverse effect on a home with vinyl siding. Since it's not tightly nailed to your home, but rather hung loosely to allow for expansion and contraction, moisture can build behind panels potentially penetrating the structure of your home.


Click on the above photos to see examples of inferior siding.



© 2015 James Hardie Building Products Inc. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions / Privacy Policy