James Hardie Siding can tolerate all types of weather. Bad weather can strike at any time so Hardie has tested their products to better withstand the worst-case scenarios: hurricanes, UV rays, and more. James Hardie helps to resist cracking, splitting, rotting and swelling. Wood siding will expand and contract with changes in moisture and humidity, but fiber cement products by James Hardie are Engineered for Climate. Hardie Lap Siding can endure up to 200 mph.