5 Reasons Houston’s Siding Specialists Recommend HardiPlank

Houston homes face a variety of threats, including termite infestation, wildfires due to heat, and dry rot caused by humidity.

Hail and storms can also cause wind and impact damage to many local residences. Given these, it’s no wonder that local siding specialists recommend HardiPlank for siding Houston homes.

At All-Tex Home Improvement Services, we recommend using James Hardie’s siding products. For Houston homeowners specifically, we recommend using James Hardie’s HZ10 lap siding.

For more information about our recommendations or to find out how much your project may cost, call and talk to one of our siding specialists for a free estimate.


As one of Houston’s siding specialists, here are five reasons why we recommend HardiPlank for your home:

  • It’s termite-proof.
  • It’s fire-retardant.
  • It can withstand wind and impact damage.
  • It meets hurricane resistance codes.
  • It is customizable.

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Reduce Risks of Fire

HardiPlank has been proven to be fire-resistant, which is ideal in areas like Houston where the weather can get hot and dry enough to start brushfires. HardiPlank is:

  • Non-combustible
    ASTM E136 11 Standard Test Method for Behavior of Materials in a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750°C
  • Approved for fire-resistance rated construction (ASTM E119 – 12 Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials)
  • Flame spread index of 0
    ASTM E84 12 Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials)
  • Smoke developed index of < 5
    ASTM E84 12 Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

Prevent Termite Infestation

Fiber cement siding products such as HardiPlank contain 10% or less cellulose fiber which are bonded in silica and sand.

This makes it indigestible and inedible to termites, thus discouraging these pests from infesting your home.

HardiPlank complies with ASTM C1186, Standard Specification for Grade II, Type A, Non-Asbestos Fiber-Cement Flat Sheets, including guidelines regarding material components, so you can be sure about the amount of cellulose content.

Withstand Wind and Impact Damage

The average HardiPlank has a thickness of 5/16″ and weighs 2.3 lbs./sq.ft. It can withstand wind speeds of up to 150 mph provided that the siding was installed according to the methods given in the NER-405 (http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/pdf/ner-405.pdf).

Our installers are well-aware of these methods and can ensure that your project follows each and every recommendation for flawless construction.

Pass Hurricane Resistance Codes

Hurricanes and storms cause damage and destruction from high winds, river flooding that results from excess rain, and storm surges. James Hardie siding products are deemed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Class V flood resistant material

(http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/pdf/fema.pdf) and are approved for use in Wind Borne Debris Regions and High Velocity Hurricane Zones

Custom Siding Design

Have a particular color in mind for your siding? James Hardie products are treated with ColorPlus® Technology.

It involves applying consistent, multiple coats of paint created especially for the demands the Houston climate places on a home’s exterior.

With this technology, you don’t have to worry about fading colors and siding maintenance.

For more information about our siding recommendation, call and talk to our expert contractors today.