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James Hardie Siding

Although James Hardie first came out with its fiber cement technology some 20 years ago, it has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its durability and easy maintenance. Here is some more information about James Hardie the brand and the products that they offer.

Costs

You can expect to pay about $10 per square foot for James Hardie fiber cement siding, although this could vary depending on the materials used and the cost of installation. On average it is about 40% more than vinyl siding. Get a price quote for cost info in your area.

Pros

James Hardie fiber cement siding is resistant to fire, water and insects.

Siding is easy to paint and comes pre-primed.

Most Hardie board siding comes with a 50-year limited transferable warranty.

Cons

It is more expensive than other siding materials.

Fiber cement siding is more complicated and takes longer to install than other siding options.

While the siding is guaranteed for 50 years, the paint is only guaranteed for 15 years.

Durability

Said to be resistant to everything from rain, hail, and snow to termites and carpenter ants, fiber cement siding is a very durable option. In fact, James Hardie siding shouldn’t rot, split, warp, buckle, or swell for up to 50 years after installation.

Maintenance

Many love fiber cement siding for its easy maintenance. Simply power-wash the siding on a regular basis, starting on a low setting at the roofline and working your way down. For mold and mildew stains, you can use a cleaning solution of bleach (one cup in a gallon of water) and dishwashing detergent (two tablespoons). A wire brush can get rid of accumulated dirt and bird droppings.

Common Questions and Answers

Does fiber cement siding have to be painted?

Yes, if you plan on installing HardiePlank siding, it’s suggested that you either paint it the color of your choice or order it pre-painted from their ColorPlus Technology line. The best paint to use if you are completing the job yourself is 100% acrylic

Where can James Hardie products be purchased?

All products are available from authorized dealers throughout the country. You can visit their website to find a dealer near you.

History

James Hardie first established a business importing oils and animal hide tanning products in 1888. It wasn’t until nearly 100 years later, in the mid 1980s, that his company created the fiber-cement technology that skyrocketed in popularity a few years later.

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