Many homeowners, especially those living near busy streets, find it hard to deal with the loud noises of car horns and engines. Noise disrupts daily living, particularly the sleeping habits of many family members. If this is a recurring problem in your home, you might want to consider investing in upgrades. One component of your home exterior to focus on is your siding. Polar Bear Exterior Solutions, your local siding contractor, explains how siding can reduce outdoor noise.Continue reading “Using Siding or Window Replacement as a Way to Reduce Outdoor Noise”
Among the many advantages of James Hardie® fiber cement products are their long life span, exceptional durability and easy maintenance. In this post, Polar Bear Exterior Solutions talks about another outstanding feature of James Hardie products — fire resistance.Continue reading “How Do James Hardie® Products Perform in a House Fire?”
Changing the color of your siding will make a pretty big impact on your home’s exterior and can either significantly improve or seriously diminish your overall curb appeal. Needless to say, it is important to get it right. Choosing the right siding color can be an intimidating process but there’s no need for you to worry. In today’s post, a trusted siding and awning contractor shares a few tips on how to pick the perfect one that’s right for you.
Did you know that the average U.S. home uses around 10,766 kilowatt-hours per year? This is according to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), but the exact amount still varies for each state. Fortunately, you can reduce your monthly energy expenditure by knowing what you should do and what you should avoid. Even investing in your home’s siding and exteriors serves not only to enhance its visual appeal but also improve its energy efficiency! Trusted siding and window contractor Polar Bear shares their insight:
James Hardie® fiber cement products are renowned for their benefits, like durability, a long service life and low-maintenance requirements. In today’s post, local siding and window contractor Polar Bear discusses another important feature that’s not as often discussed — how siding can help improve your home’s fire resistance.
Fire-Resistance Key Terms
Siding must pass the standards set by building codes and certified laboratories in order to qualify as fire-resistant materials. To understand how fire resistance applies to siding and other building materials, the following are some of the important terms that will be frequently used as you compare siding products and their qualities:
Combustible — A material can be considered combustible if it burns or ignites readily. Building materials like timber and certain types of polymer can be categorized as combustible.
Non-combustible — A material can be considered non-combustible if it does not burn or ignite under tests that simulate conditions like direct exposure to flame and contact with embers.
Ignition-resistant — A material can be considered ignition-resistant if it doesn’t ignite from prolonged exposure to open flame. During tests, exposure can last between 10 to 30 minutes.
Fire-resistant — This term specifically applies to structures and whether they can contain a fire. In comparison, the term “ignition-resistant” applies to materials.
James Hardie Products
As a James Hardie Elite Preferred siding contractor, we at Polar Bear recommend their products to homeowners who are looking to boost their home’s fire-resistance. James Hardie products, including their best-selling HardiePlank®, are made of fiber cement, a combination of cement, wood fibers and fine silica sand. Fiber cement siding has similar characteristics as brick and stone, which is a definite improvement from most other siding products.
It’s important to note that no material stays unaffected by the heat produced by house fires. However, ignition-resistant materials can help slow down the spread of fire, which would buy time for the home’s occupants to make their way to safety and prevent fire from spreading to neighboring properties. James Hardie products have a proven track record for ignition resistance that many insurance providers offer discounts to homeowners who have had such products installed.
Polar Bear windows and siding options can help enhance your home’s exterior. Give us a call at (425) 290-5579 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Seattle and the surrounding communities.
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