July 1, 2021

What is James Hardie Siding?

James Hardie is the #1 siding brand and largest siding manufacturer in North America. James Hardie® fiber cement products combine beautiful design with high performance.

What is James Hardie Siding?

Who is James Hardie?

James Hardie is the #1 siding brand and largest siding manufacturer in North America. The company was started in Australia in 1888 and in the 1980s invented modern Fiber cement siding. Over 8 million homes across North America have had James Hardie products installed.

  • 1 out of every 5 new siding projects features Hardie. 
  • 400,000 homeowners chose to re-side with James Hardie in 2019 alone.

There are currently nine James Hardie manufacturing plants across the United States, with the global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

James Hardie siding project — Northville, Michigan

Before photo of tan colonial in Northville, Michigan.


James Hardie siding project. Northville, Michigan.


What is James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding?

All-natural, non-toxic materials that, when combined, make for a highly durable alternative to vinyl and wood siding products!

James Hardie® fiber cement products combine beautiful design with high performance. Time and time again, they beat their competitors on both curb appeal and durability.

James Hardie products meet the qualifications below, which, under national guidelines, are required to be considered a “Green” product:

  • Durability (fewer resources needed for painting, maintenance, and replacement)
  • The use of raw materials within 500 miles of manufacturing facilities reduces transportation
  • Low toxicity of raw materials—wood pulp, cement, sand, and water (recycled up to 4 times)
  • Nine manufacturing plants across the US reduce transportation resources and support the regional economy 

What is James Hardie siding?

Low Maintenance, Durability, and Curb Appeal

James Hardie siding has a 30-year non-prorated warranty on up to 200% of materials! It’s the same coverage on year 29 as it is on year 1.

To put it simply, when Grennan Construction installs your siding, it’s going to last!  

What is James Hardie Hardiezones?

 A HARDIEZONE® for Everyone

After studying the long-term effects of different climates on siding, James Hardie has created the HardieZone® system to ensure that you get the right product for your region. HZ5® products are made to resist wet, freezing conditions. HZ10® products protect homes from heat, humidity, blistering sun, and more.

Climate Engineered for Your Geography

James Hardie siding is engineered beautifully to withstand what nature brings. Only James Hardie fiber cement products are engineered for climate with performance optimized for two separate climate zones.

With Michigan weather being some of the toughest in North America, your siding is your first and main line of defense. Your siding’s ability to protect and perform against Mother Nature will determine its durability & longevity. 

What is James Hardie pest control?

Termites and Pests

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding is not a food source for termites, insects, pests, and rodents.

Wood siding is a food source for termites, insects, pests, and rodents.


James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding can take direct flame exposure for up to one hour without igniting.  

Vinyl and wood siding cannot take direct flame exposure and ignite almost immediately.  

What is James Hardie Siding?

Color Plus Technology


James Hardie’s Proprietary Finish is baked onto the boards, delivering exceptional finish adhesion, color retention, and permitting year-round installation.


This process heats and pre-conditions boards for a stronger bond with coating.


The James Hardie finish is applied to their siding and trim products' surface, edges, and features.


A final heating process bakes on the finish for maximum performance.


James Hardie ColorPlus Technology resists fading and looks better longer.

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

Make statements, not compromises.

James Hardie siding provides an authentic, natural design that synthetic vinyl siding cannot match.  Hardie’s products are up to 5x thicker than vinyl siding products, providing deeper shadow lines and a warmer wood grain texture with less visible seams and won’t ripple.

What is James Hardie siding ROI?

Return on Investment with James Hardie

In the 2020 Cost vs. Value report, re-siding your home with Fiber Cement Siding was found to deliver a 78% return on investment upon project completion.

Re-siding your home with Fiber Cement Siding provides a higher Return on Investment than re-siding with vinyl siding.

For the 11th year in a row, Remodeling Magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” states that re-siding your home with Fiber Cement Siding provides the #1 Return on Investment of any major exterior remodeling project.

Installation of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor Alliance logo.

Grennan Construction is 1 of 7 James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractors in the entire State of Michigan.

To be recognized as an Elite Preferred contractor, companies must meet the following expectations:

Complete a certain amount of James Hardie resides each calendar year.

Comply with installation best practices and pass regular and random installation audits.

Have a satisfactory credit report and record with the BBB or other credited agency. 

Pass a background check with at least 6 past clients, be state-licensed/ fully bonded, and carry liability and worker’s compensation insurance.

Why choose Grennan Construction as your James Hardie Siding Installer?

Grennan Construction is home to a team of dedicated, professional siding installers. We have been transforming homes in Oakland County for over 20 years. As a James Hardie Alliance Contractor, we work closely with James Hardie to ensure the product is installed properly and that our customers get the best siding warranty in the business.

  • We are a full service exterior remodeling company that specializes in siding, roofing, and windows.
  • Family-owned and operated since 1998.
  • Siding is the largest part of our business.
  • No pressure sales.
  • Fully licensed and insured.
  • Certified and trained master installers.
  • All work is 100% guaranteed – We stand behind our work!
  • We offer military and senior discounts.
  • We offer a variety of financing options.
  • Trust – Integrity – Professionalism – Honesty

Call today to schedule a time for one of Grennan Constructions, James Hardie professionals, to come out to your home to give you a free quote.


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