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Deciding what type of home siding is right for you is a bit like shopping for a new car. There are many options to choose from. You select the make and model you prefer based on your driving needs, i.e. performance, mileage, etc. The same is true when considering your siding options! You will need to consider the style of your home and those in your neighborhood. What color will enhance the beauty of your home? Given the local climate, how long will the siding last? Is it difficult to maintain? And, of course, what options can you afford? Below is a library of information to help you learn more about the products available. When you are ready for an estimate please give us a call or click here to request an estimate.
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HardiePlank® siding is the most used, most tested, most proven and most trusted fiber cement product on the market today. James Hardie siding offers substantial advantages over conventional siding material with the unsurpassed ability to stand up to the elements. HardiePlank® Siding comes in a variety of styles and textures that is a perfect fit for your home by matching the unique quality of natural wood. For its strength, its beauty and its durability, HardiePlank® Siding is simply the best siding for enhancing and protecting your home.
The warmth of wood, the durability of fiber cement
30-year transferable product warranty
Resists damage caused by extended exposure to moisture, humidity and snow
Impact resistant – warranted against hail damage, ideal for homes located near golf courses and areas prone to hail
Resists cracking, rotting, warping, buckling, swelling, and delamination
Withstands termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees and woodpeckers
Flame Resistance Non-combustible, creates very little smoke when exposed to flame, eligible for insurance discounts due to non-combustibility
Flame Resistance Burns when exposed to a significant source of heat or flame, not eligible for non-combustibility insurance discounts
Aesthetic Performance Increased curb appeal and appreciation, consistent beauty from porch to street
Aesthetic Performance High maintenance is required for cedar siding in order to maintain original aesthetic performance
Pests James Hardie siding is impervious to termites and other insects
Pests Susceptible to damage by termites and other pests
Durability Dimensionally stable and resists rotting, warping, buckling, swelling, and deterioration. When UV levels, wind, rain, pests and flame are at their worst, James Hardie® siding products deliver lasting durability and protection for your biggest asset.
Durability Can split and crack over time, extreme weather causes expansion and/or contraction, knots have a tendency to shrink resulting in unsightly gaps and exposure to moisture damage, moisture issues cause paint failure
Uniformity Consistent building surface, no cracks, knots, or other imperfections, less construction waste, reliable supply available
Uniformity Dwindling availability of quality old-growth forest supply can result in inconsistent surfaces, cracks, knots, and other imperfections resulting in construction waste, sorting through random board lengths and qualities can be time-consuming, susceptible to resin/tannin bleeding
James Hardie Siding can be painted any color you can imagine. However James Hardie offers a wide variety of pre-finished options combined with their revolutionary ColorPlus Technology.The paint used in the process was made especially for James Hardie siding after more than four years in development and over 2,000 formulas tested. The end result is a durable, low-maintenance finish that lasts up to two times longer, has 30% better fade resistance and adheres up to 400% better than any other paint available.And, James Hardie backs its ColorPlus technology finish with a 15-year warranty that covers both paint and labor.All of this means that when you choose James Hardie Siding Products with ColorPlus technology:
You have the assurance you’ve selected a superior siding solution that is highly durable yet low maintenance.
James Hardie® Siding Products With ColorPlus® Technology
If you are reading this, you are probably deciding between painting or siding your home. Many homeowners struggle with this very question. In addition, this dilemma cannot be resolved with a quick answer. There are several different factors to consider regarding this situation:
Type of siding currently on your home
Age of that siding
The condition of your siding
How long you plan on living in your home
Cost-benefit analysis of siding vs. painting your home
Let’s discuss each in turn:
Type: The type of siding you have is of the utmost importance. Vinyl: We do not recommend painting vinyl because of its extreme level of contraction/expansion and its flexibility. Bumping up against it will bend the vinyl, which may cause the paint to crack. Vinyl also has a tendency to warp over time, which will affect paint adhesion. Aluminum/steel: These surfaces are easily paintable. We recommend painting if you do not like the color, the color has faded, the surface has chalked or there are sections on the house that have been replaced and do not match the color of the rest of the house. Stucco and other masonry surfaces: These surfaces are very paintable. We recommend painting if your stucco is stained and cannot be cleaned with a good powerwash. Wood and hardboard composites: These surfaces are also very paintable. Wood surfaces should be painted. These surfaces need to be protected from the elements in order for them to remain healthy.
Age: If your wood siding is very old and has multiple layers of paint on it, it may be better to re-side. Look at the back of a peeling paint chip. Is there a layer of wood grain evident on the back of the chip? Does your thumbnail easily indent the wood when you apply some pressure? If so, then it is probably time to re-side. Is your stucco crumbling? It is definitely time to re-side.
Condition: Has your stucco been painted and is peeling badly? The preparation during the first coat or two of paint was improper and either stripping all the layers of paint or re-siding is your only recourse. Is your wood rotted? Is your hardboard warping or buckling? Then it is definitely time to re-side.
Length of stay: This certainly is a key factor in your decision-making process. This is a judgment call that is completely dependent on the above three factors. Your realtor and/or your siding professional can help lead you down the correct path.
Cost-benefit analysis: Again, this is a judgment best left to you and/or your realtor. Weigh the cost of the project and compare it to the value it will add to your house (both in appreciation value and in the pleasure it will give you while living there).
Frequently Asked Questions about James Hardie Siding
Q. Is HardiePlank® Siding installed on top of my existing siding?
A. No, proper installation requires removal of any existing siding.
Q. Once HardiePlank® Siding is installed will I ever have to paint it again?
A. James Hardie backs its ColorPlus technology finish with a 15-year warranty that covers both paint and labor. Because James Hardie products with ColorPlus® Technology are manufactured to be dimensionally stable, paint stays on longer than products that expand and contract with moisture exposure. Wood and wood-based products tend to move significantly with absorption of water, causing higher likeliness of paint cracking, chipping and peeling.
Q. Is HardiePlank® Siding resistant to mold?
A. Yes. HardiePlank® Siding is sealed to keep out moisture. The coating has mildicide in it to protect against mold growth. If dirt is splattered against the coating and mold grows on the dirt, the coating cleans easily with water from a garden hose.
Q. What is the advantage of HardiePlank® Siding compared to vinyl siding?
A. Only HardiePlank® Siding siding provides lasting durability and protection while giving your home the look and feel of real wood. It is noncombustible and resists rotting and warping.
Q. Is HardiePlank® Siding resistant to damage from insects and weather?
A. Termites and other wood-eating insects will not be able to penetrate HardiePlank® Siding. The product is also resistant to damage from hail, freezing temperatures, rain, and humidity.