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What Makes Hardiplank™ Siding Different?

 
hardiplank sidingHardiplank siding is different than many of the other types of siding that are on the market today. It is also called fiber cement siding. It is a beautiful, eco-friendly, quality siding that most homeowners love.

What makes it so different you ask?
It is not your typical plastic or wood that you normally see on homes today. It is made from a combination of wood fibers and cement. Hardiplank is built to stand the test of time. It is considered to be one of the best green sidings on the market. This siding is bug resistant and fire resistant, as well, which adds to the appeal.

The fibers that are found in the Hardiplank are cellulose fibers that come from wood. However, it is not just made of wood fibers. It is also made from cement. This combination makes this siding one that will not rot and will not chip away like other kinds of siding.

How can siding be green you ask?

The loggers that harvest the trees that go into the Hardiplank siding do not cut down any trees that are currently on the endangered species list. By not just making the siding from wood, many trees are saved. The sand and cement that make up the rest of the Hardiplank siding can be found all over the world.

This siding was designed to last a minimum of 50 years. Most sidings do not last 10 years. With proper maintenance and by painting the Hardiplank siding you can add additional years to its lifetime.

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One of the many great benefits to having siding made of cement is that it is fire resistant and bug resistant. The small amount of wood that is in the Hardiplank siding does not make it fire proof, but the large amount of cement in the siding protects the home much better than wood.

There is not enough wood in the Hardiplank siding to attract insects that like wood, such as termites.  They won’t bore into the siding like they would with wood, and they won’t eat it either.

Hardiplank siding looks just like wood siding, once it is installed on your home. It appears to have the same thickness as real wood siding. The only way for someone to know that Hardiplank is not real wood is for them to see it installed or to carefully inspect it.

Our customers that have chosen Hardiplank siding love how it looks on their home, and appreciate the value of the investment, keeping their home much safer from bugs, fires, and the Houston weather. We would be more than happy to discuss benefits of Hardiplank siding with you, give us a call today to learn more.

Dallas Siding Contractors | Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

 

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A siding project Brennan Enterprises recently completed. What a difference.

Thinking about siding? Brennan Enterprises truly stands out among Dallas siding contractors when it comes to our experience and expertise installing siding (33 years and 50,000 customers to be exact!).

There are more options than ever when it comes to the kind of siding materials available for your home. Here is a brief overview of the different types of materials to think about as you begin your siding project.

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You have a variety of options when it comes to siding. You may want to arrange for wood, stone or brick siding if this type of material seems to fit with the overall look of your home. Stone and brick are highly durable and are designed to last for a long time. However, they will be more expensive than vinyl siding.

Homeowners sometimes prefer vinyl siding so they can save not only money but also time required for upkeep. Vinyl siding is available in different colors, meaning you may not have to paint your house. The vinyl provides insulation, which can help you lower your utility bills and it will protect your home from the damaging effects of weather.

Another alternative is fiber cement siding, which can look like wood but is more durable. Unlike wood, fiber cement siding resists damage from bugs, rot and warping. Your siding consultants will help you evaluate what is the best type of siding for your home, taking into consideration your budgetary requirements, the look you desire, and the level of maintenance you feel comfortable performing.


The sheer number of textures, colors, and materials of siding can seem overwhelming when you start thinking about the kind of siding you want. Fortunately, the Dream Designer on the Brennan Enterprises website is a great interactive tool for visualizing the siding you want on your home. From changing the clapboard to stone to adding shake to the gables, you can "try out" different styles of siding and create customized project folders with the types of siding you like.

Having a general idea of the kind of siding you want will make it much easier in the initial meeting with your siding consultant to find the siding that is an ideal fit.

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James Hardie Fire Resistant Siding

Besides aesthetics and durability, another thing to think about when purchasing siding is if you want siding specifically designed to resist fire. Check out this video of James Hardie fiber cement siding to see its extreme resistance to heat and fire in action.

As you can see, the James Hardie siding was much more effective in resisting fire; in fact, the fire basically burned itself out trying to eat away at the siding! Here is a testimonial from a real-life homeowner attesting to the siding's effectiveness:

"I want to thank your company for producing a truly fine product which saved our house from destruction. We were located in the worst part on the Angora Fire, all of the surrounding homes burned to the ground and my house is the only one standing on the block. We installed your cement siding about five years ago and it was the best investment we ever made. Thank you again." — Homeowner, South Lake Tahoe, Utah

If you are thinking about new siding installation, Brennan Enterprises is one of the only Dallas siding contractors to have an A+ BBB rating in both Dallas and Fort Worth. We have over 30 years of experiencing installing siding in homes all across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

To schedule a complimentary, pressure-free appointment in the comfort of your home, call 1-877-627-7341 or click here to schedule online.

For a limited time, Brennan Enterprises is offering 20% off ALL new siding installation from all our siding lines such as James Hardie, Crane, and Mastic. Schedule your appointment today!

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James Hardie Siding - Resistance to Fire

 

James Hardie fiber cement siding is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many homeowners due to the siding's extreme resistance to intense heat and fire. But how much resistance are we actually talking here?... Just watch this amazing video and see for yourself. 

As you can see, the average, run-of-the-mill vinyl siding melted within seconds of the fire heating it up. The wood siding, while it took it a little longer for the fire to ignite and consume it, burned longer and more intense than the vinyl siding. Obviously, that should be of no surprise because wood only adds fuel to fires.

But the James Hardie fiber cement siding passed the fire test with flying colors. While the fire appeared to be covering the bottom half the hardieboard sample, the hardieboard siding wasn't melting or warping at all. In fact, the fire basically burned itself out trying to eat away at the durable James Hardie siding.

Real-Life Testimonials

Here are several personal accounts of how the fire resistance of James Hardie fiber cement siding saved homes from what have been almost certain destruction.

"Three years ago I installed HardiePlank siding on my cabin in Tahoe. My cabin happened to be in the center of the hottest part of the fire but it survived. All 22 houses and cabins on the West side of my street were totally destroyed along with all cabins on the streets above and below me. The cabin next door burned completely. The firefighters said because the fire was so hot, if the Hardie siding had not been there I would not have a cabin." — Homeowner, Utah

"I want to thank your company for producing a truly fine product which saved our house from destruction. We were located in the worst part on the Angora Fire, all of the surrounding homes burned to the ground and my house is the only one standing on the block. We installed your cement siding about five years ago and it was the best investment we ever made. Thank you again." — Homeowner, South Lake Tahoe, Utah

"One well prepared house with hardieplank and boxed eaves that survived, and houses on either side that didn't. That tells you something about your product. I'm surprised anything survived this inferno. We're going to be requiring fire-resistant construction, will be listing James Hardie siding." — Kevin Dubler, Julian Fire Chief, San Diego Area

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If you have been in the market for new siding installation and would like to talk to our exterior home remodeling experts about how James Hardie fiber cement siding could be a good fit for your home, don’t hesitate to give Brennan Enterprises a call at 817-860-9767 (Fort Worth), 972-660-3106 (Dallas), or 888-503-0044 (Toll Free). Our professional contractors will come out to your home, inspect your siding, grant you a fair estimate (for FREE!), and be with you through every step of your exterior remodeling process.

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James Hardie Siding- PrimePlus Technology

 

Last week, we wrote a blog that highlighted the benefits of James Hardie Siding with ColorPlus Technology. This week, Brennan Enterprises wanted to highlight Hardieboard siding, specifically the benefits of James Hardie PrimePlus technology.

Who says you have to pick from a predetermined list of colors when choosing siding for your home? James Hardie developed their PrimePlus sealer and primer so you as the customer will not only have extremely durable siding for your home, but freedom of color choice as well. The colors of your home should be a representation of who you are, and James Hardie understands that.

The PrimePlus paint primer and sealer feature can be found on many James Hardie products. Applied in the factory, this durable paint primer and sealant is top of the line in durability. PrimePlus allows for a completely uniform primer application and gives a smooth, consistent surface for most acrylic, laytex, and oil-based field finishes. James Hardie siding with PrimePlus primer and sealer is offered on their Hardieplank lap siding, Hardiepanel vertical siding, Harditrim planks, and Hardisoffit panels.

Still not sold on using James Hardie for your Dallas-Fort Worth home? The durability of James Hardie fiber cement siding is so proven, even sporting venues are using James Hardie to beautify their stadium. The video below shows our local Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Texas Rangers Double-AA ballclub, the Frisco RoughRiders, and how their organization has incorporated Hardieboard products to enhance the look of their stadium. 

If you have been in the market for new siding installation and would like to talk to our exterior home remodeling experts about how James Hardie fiber cement siding could be a good fit for your home, don’t hesitate to give Brennan Enterprises a call at 817-860-9767 (Fort Worth), 972-660-3106 (Dallas), or 888-503-0044 (Toll Free). Our professional contractors will come out to your home, inspect your siding, grant you a fair estimate (for FREE!), and be with you through every step of your exterior remodeling process.

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James Hardie Siding- ColorPlus Collection

 

One of the most popular siding brands in the construction market today is James Hardie. Known for its extreme durability and fade resistant ColorPlus technology, it’s no wonder that James Hardie products have risen to the top of the siding market.

Locally in Dallas-Fort Worth, many of our customers are showing great interest in James Hardie products and requesting information about what makes James Hardie siding and the James Hardie ColorPlus technology a cut above the rest.

We thought we’d take the liberty of gathering up helpful information and expert reviews covering the James Hardie product line and publish the information in one quick and easy read here on our blog. We will be highlighting several James Hardie products in the coming weeks, starting off with this week’s topic: James Hardie Siding with ColorPlus Technology.


James Hardie ColorPlus Collection

James Hardie siding has long been one of the most durable and reliable siding brands on the market. James Hardie products are made of fiber cement (90% cement, 10% cellulose fiber) making the material highly durable and impact resistant. For all you North Texas out there, yes that means this siding is resistant to the impact of hailstones, unlike most vinyl siding that is on homes in North Texas. That could be something to keep in mind as spring rolls around.

However, what really makes the James Hardie product line stand alone from their competition is their ColorPlus technology. Available on lap siding, shingles, trim, fascia, and soffit Hardie siding, The ColorPlus Collection comes pre-finished in a variety of colors (many of which can be seen in the photograph below). The factory-applied color is baked on and provides the homeowner with up to 30% better fade resistance than other competitive siding products.

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The color is computer matched with a higher accuracy than the auto-refinishing industry to ensure that every individual board of siding looks the same. This consistent full-paint coverage cannot be duplicated by an outside third party that does on-site painting of existing wood or vinyl siding.

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Another great benefit of James Hardie siding is their warranties. They offer a 50-year transferrable limited product warranty and a 15-year finish warranty from the manufacture itself. The 15-year warranty is good for everything as small as chips or cracks in the paint… they are that confident in their product’s ability to withstand everything from heat to cold, rain to hail, and everything in between.

For a couple of great videos referencing the benefits of James Hardie siding in the Texas climate, please visit this link.

If you have been in the market for new siding installation and would like to talk to our exterior home remodeling experts about how James Hardie fiber cement siding could be a good fit for your home, don’t hesitate to give Brennan Enterprises a call at 817-860-9767 (Fort Worth), 972-660-3106 (Dallas), or 888-503-0044 (Toll Free). Our professional contractors will come out to your home, inspect your siding, grant you a fair estimate (for FREE!), and be with you through every step of your exterior remodeling process.

 

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Siding Buying Tips

 

All homes undergo a normal amount of wear and tear throughout a year. Living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, we may get more than our fair share of harsh weather sometimes. Over time the weather conditions take a toll on your home’s exterior, so it is a good idea to give your home a thorough yearly inspection. For most homeowners, this is often done in the fall or spring, in between the extremely harsh seasons.

One of the most important aspects when examining the outside parameters of your house is to look closely at your siding. Siding is similar to shingles in that it protects your home from rain, dirt, bugs, winds, and noise, just to name a few. That’s why it is imperative that if your siding is damaged or shows signs of deterioration, it should be a top priority to get it replaced.

When inspecting your home’s siding, look especially for separation of seams, boards that don’t lay flush against the side of the house, paint failure, discoloration, caulking failure, or moisture on the inside of your house. If you find any of these issues, consider consulting with an expert for a replacement estimate.

If you decide that your siding is on its last leg and needs to be replaced, where do you start? Well, the three most popular siding choices are vinyl, wood, and cement fiber, although shingle siding, composite siding, and others are also available. You don’t have to be a home improvement extraordinaire to understand the in’s and out’s of different types of siding. All it takes it a little research and the experience and guidance of a local contractor.

 

VINYL SIDING

Vinyl siding has become increasingly technologically advanced in the past decade. Not only are there more choices regarding strength and durability, but additionally there are more choices for color and profile.

Vinyl siding is your lowest maintenance option. It is not painted. It is manufactured in the color that goes onto the side of the house. There will never be a need to repaint your home’s exterior again. For the most part, the only maintenance you will ever have to do for your vinyl siding is give it the occasional power-wash to keep it looking clean and new.

If you do choose vinyl, make sure to choose siding with a double nailing hem. This simply helps resist lifting of the siding in strong winds. Enduring as many severe thunderstorms as we do in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, resistance to high winds is a must. It is also recommended to add an insulated backing to vinyl siding as by itself, vinyl siding does not offer much insulation for your home.

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WOOD SIDING

Just like all wood products, wood siding is porous and can absorb and give off moisture over time that can lead to deterioration. Properly maintaining, staining, and sealing your wood siding can reduce the deterioration process.

One of the main reasons that wood has remained a popular siding choice for decades can be attributed to its classic, sophisticated look. Even when customers decide on other types of siding material, most ask for a “wood” look.

If you are interested in painting wood siding, it is advised that you take into consideration re-painting your siding every 4-9 years depending on climate and how well the siding has been routinely maintained.

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FIBER CEMENT SIDING

Fiber cement siding looks very similar to wood, however it has the added benefit of not being prone to rotting. It will far outlast the lifetime of a wood siding installation.

There is increased maintenance with the installation of fiber cement siding. It must be painted, although the homeowner has more freedom in that regard to choose any color they desire. Some siding makers are now manufacturing fiber cement siding that is pre-painted, therefore taking away some of the hassle for the homeowner of having to paint or hire someone to paint their house.

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If you think you may be interested in having siding installed on your home or might be in need of a siding replacement, please visit Brennan Enterprises or call 817-860-9767 (Fort Worth), 972-660-3106 (Dallas), or 888-503-0044 (Toll Free) to schedule an estimate.

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