Owning and spending time at a beachfront home is a dream shared by many Americans. Like any type of home, however, beachfront homes require a significant investment of time and resources to remain in good condition. Beachfront properties also face the unique risk of waves of water striking the siding when severe weather hits. The type of siding you choose for your home on the beach makes all the difference in how durable it remains over time.
Wood Siding Has Long Been the Choice of Beachfront Property Owners
Sometimes people cling to traditional options for building a home even when more efficient choices become available to them. This is often the case among people who own beachfront homes and choose to protect their investment with wood siding.
However, wood siding is not necessarily the best choice for homes with a heightened risk of exposure to heavy rain, strong winds, hurricanes, and other types of severe weather. Wood siding can break apart with enough force pushed against it, typical with a hurricane or straight-line winds. Here are a few other problems associated with wood siding.
- Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause wood to rot prematurely.
- Natural wood products can be challenging to maintain and require painting and re-caulking at least every five years.
- Wood siding loses durability over time because it expands in response to humidity and moisture.
Property owners looking for a better siding option can find it with James Hardie siding.
The Performance of James Hardie Siding in Different Weather Conditions
The first big difference between wood siding and James Hardie siding is that the latter contains fiber cement. Fiber cement is a stronger, more durable building material than wood and makes a good replacement option for beachfront homes that still have wood siding.
The manufacturers of James Hardie siding designed it with all types of climates in mind. Although people typically spend most of their time at their beachfront homes in the summer, the weather is not always predictable. Homes with James Hardie siding can withstand severe weather like hurricanes and more everyday weather conditions like rain and humidity.
Whether you lock up your beachfront home for the winter or visit a few times when the weather is cooler, you can depend on James Hardie siding to protect your property all year long. The high-quality siding protects your beachfront home from snow and freezing rain should the area experience these types of weather conditions. Your home also remains protected in conditions of extreme heat.
Manufacturers of James Hardie siding use the Hardiezone system to create siding for different types of climates. We can recommend the right type for your region.
James Hardie Siding Protects Against Insect and Fire Damage
Wood burns easily when exposed to fire, but this is not the case with siding made from fiber cement. James Hardie siding’s stronger material also protects your beachfront property from damage caused by rodents and insects. These critters can easily chew through siding made from wood.
Are you ready to replace the wood siding on your beachfront home with James Hardie siding? Feel free to complete this free estimate request from Spicer Bros. Construction today.