Elite Home Exteriors NW

Hardie Vs cedar siding vs vinyl siding imageAs we face the reality of climate change and the increasing cost of energy, homeowners are constantly on the lookout for ways to make their living spaces more energy-efficient and cost-effective. One such transformative solution that stands out is James Hardie fiber cement siding. This innovative siding material not only enhances your home’s aesthetic appeal but also plays a crucial role in improving its overall efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll explore the multifaceted benefits of fiber cement siding and how it can contribute to a greener, more energy-savvy home.

The Insulating Power of Fiber Cement Siding

One of the primary ways fiber cement siding boosts home efficiency is through its exceptional insulating properties. Unlike traditional siding materials, fiber cement provides an additional layer of insulation to your home’s exterior, which:

  • Helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature
  • Reduces the need for heating and cooling
  • Lowers energy consumption and utility bills

According to the Energy Star program, proper insulation is key to energy conservation, and fiber cement siding is a stellar choice for those looking to enhance their home’s insulation.

Durable and Low Maintenance

When it comes to home maintenance, durability is a significant factor that determines a material’s efficiency. Fiber cement siding is renowned for its longevity and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions without deteriorating. This durability translates into less frequent replacements and repairs, ensuring:

  • Long-term cost savings
  • Less resource consumption for maintenance and replacements
  • Minimized environmental impact over the life of the product

This Old House highlights the robust nature of fiber cement siding, making it a smart investment for those prioritizing sustainability alongside efficiency.

Fire Resistance and Safety

Another aspect of home efficiency is safety, and fiber cement siding excels in this area. It is non-combustible and highly resistant to fire, providing homeowners with peace of mind and potentially lower insurance premiums. By reducing risks, it indirectly contributes to:

  1. A safer living environment
  2. Prevention of potential loss due to fire incidents
  3. Lowered financial risk in terms of property damage

The National Fire Protection Association emphasizes the importance of using fire-resistant materials in construction to ensure safety and efficiency.

Aesthetic Appeal and Property Value

Maximizing home efficiency is not just about energy savings; it’s also about enhancing the property’s value. Fiber cement siding offers a range of textures and colors that can mimic the look of wood, stucco, or masonry. This versatility ensures:

  • An attractive exterior that increases curb appeal
  • A boost in the home’s market value
  • An opportunity for personalization to reflect individual style

The aesthetic flexibility of fiber cement siding, as noted by Bob Vila, allows homeowners to achieve the desired look without compromising on efficiency and sustainability.


In conclusion, fiber cement siding is an exemplary choice for homeowners seeking to maximize their home’s energy efficiency. With its insulating properties, durability, fire resistance, and aesthetic appeal, it stands out as a wise investment for any eco-conscious homeowner. By embracing this advanced siding material, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint, enhance your home’s safety, and even increase its market value—a win-win scenario for both the environment and your finances.

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Colleen Hass
Colleen Hass
Choose this company for you siding, you won't be sorry! The owner Ian, is far and above best contractor I have ever worked with. Excels at communication, follow up and explains everything in a friendly non-pressure way. I interviewed three other contractors, before settling on Elite. I knew I would be in good hands for this huge investment with Ian as he was genuine and sincere about providing the best result. Both the siding and the paint crew are top notch professionals, with a great work ethic and attention to detail, they are Hardie trained so you can be sure the installation was done to the highest standard and it shows! We went from ugly worn out 20 year vinyl to James Hardie siding, and the difference astounding, very very happy with what feels like a new house now.
Colton O’Neill
Colton O’Neill
Ian is extremely knowledgeable at his craft. He was so patient with all of our questions and concerns. We felt so comfortable from the moment we met him. We met with a few other companies to do our due diligence but Ian was the clear choice.
Adam Tuck
Adam Tuck
My home has a fairly complex exterior, and we were looking to re-side the home as we were dealing with constant issues of water intrusion. I was searching the greater Portland/Vancouver area for Siding Contractors for Hardie Siding, as we really just wanted something that would hold up against the elements and protect us in the case of any nearby fires (we’re close to some woods). After meeting Ian from Elite Home Exteriors, we decided to go with him and we couldn’t have been happier that we decided to go with him as out Siding Contractor. We had additional problems from the water damage too, and the folks he recommended were also top notch. Ian and team are a James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor, which means basically that he’s passed the highest certification for installing James Hardie siding products. I would work with him again, but based on his fit and finish, I probably won’t need to! Thanks Ian!
D Gray (DGray)
D Gray (DGray)
Working with Ian and his company was an absolute pleasure. I currently own 2 homes and have had 3 previous houses, so I’ve had experience with many contractors over the last 20 years and most are not good. My husband and I had a water intrusion issue (undisclosed to us during a house purchase) that we subsequently discovered for ourselves 6 months later in the rainy season. After meeting with many contactors to figure out how to execute the repair, we decided that their prices were outrageous even for just a patch job and we decided to do the right thing and replace all the wood siding with Hardie plank. My husband found Ian online, and we met with him. He is excellent at communication, through emails/text and/or phone calls. He was always pleasant to meet with and didn’t talk to me as if I was a dumb homeowner, which happens quite a bit in this industry. He was happy to answer all my questions and work with us on a documented design for adding architectural details so there was no questions on how the job would look. He and his crew were always punctual and professional. They finished the job ahead of schedule and did everything promised. Honestly, the water intrusion situation was very stressful, but Ian made it a pleasure to get resolved. I am so happy that we went with him and have had excellent results. My high-strung HOA was even happy about his work and gave us a compliment. I wholeheartedly recommend him, and I would be happy to talk to anyone wanting a reference about our pleasant experience. It isn’t every day that such a huge job is completed with such ease and professionalism. I 100% recommend working with Ian and Elite Home Exteriors NW – you won’t be disappointed!
roxanne sutton
roxanne sutton
The South wall of the house had rot and cut siding from a previous connected wood deck. Ian was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional from start to finish. He answered detailed questions, gave me several options to fit within my budget. Ian communicated with me throughout the process, and was accommodating when I requested more detail, or a change during planning phase. His crew shows up on schedule, were friendly and courteous of my property, and cleaned up thoroughly before leaving. The job was completed quickly and within budget. The new siding and paint is an asset to this house and exceeds my expectations. I enjoyed working with Ian, and would recommend Elite Home Exteriors NW to anyone considering a siding update for their home.
Justin Acciavatti
Justin Acciavatti
Glad I hired Ian and his team to replace siding on the south-facing side of my house. Communication with Ian throughout project was as good as any contractor I've worked with. The work was done well, went smoothly, just what you want. Also glad to see them not show up in expensive vehicle wrapped graphics, etc that the customer pays for. I'll have more siding to do on my house and will hire them again.
Lori Clark
Lori Clark
Great communication by the company. The workers are skilled, arrived on time, and they are very friendly. We love the work they did on our house. The new siding makes our older home look like a new house!
Keith Belshaw
Keith Belshaw
I chose to contract the team at Elite Home Exteriors NW to replace my siding as they had a fair price and provided a detail guide of materials, process and standards. They exceeded my expectations by finishing work early, were quick to communicate, did a fantastic job of replacing the siding and the team that did the install were friendly and helpful. I would solidly recommend Elite Home Exteriors!
Brendan Greenen
Brendan Greenen
Elite Home Exteriors NW did an outstanding job on re-siding our home. From the initial survey and quote, to scheduling and completing the work, they were extremely transparent, communicative and professional! Very happy with our new siding and paint for our home!
Kosal Sam
Kosal Sam
Ian and his team done a fantastic job. We resided our home with new siding and exterior paint. We are very happy of the outcome of their work. They did a great job!

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