In this column, James Hardie, a manufacturer of high-performance fiber cement products, outlines the benefits of fiber cement siding as well as installation advice. Fiber cement siding offers superior weather resistance and will not rot when wet, Hardie says.



With today’s storms, unpredictable weather conditions, and the status of our ever-changing economy, the concrete home concept has provided a long-term possibility for increasing a home’s resiliency.

Modern design ideas are increasingly becoming more creative with concrete—creativity which can affect the home’s value. While the idea of a residential home made of concrete isn’t new, the benefits to the structure and homeowner’s pocketbook are strong as ever.

Instead of the concrete for foundations, walls, or even the landscaping – one area that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the siding. One of the products on the market addresses just that. Fiber cement siding and trim is created by combining Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. With that formula oversimplified, one could consider it concrete. It features durability, a long-lasting life cycle, and is low maintenance.

James Hardie, a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance fiber cement products— having pioneered the technology in the 1980s—shares the top benefits, along with tips and best practices for installation.