Siding is exposed to Mother Nature all day, every day, for years. Weather, water, time, fire and pests—all can lead to trouble. That’s why James Hardie’s hardworking products are engineered to stand up beautifully, whatever the elements.
With over three decades of experience and testing, James Hardie fiber cement siding is specially engineered for climate. With the look and feel of real wood without the maintenance, James Hardie siding is unmatched for its weather resistance and beauty. Your complete exterior can be protected from the elements with a 30 year nonprorated product warranty from James Hardie.
Frequently Asked Questions About James Hardie® Siding
Have some questions that need to be answered? We have answers for your question when you are deciding on siding for your home. If these do not satisfy your inquiries, please give us a call.
Q. What is the composition of Hardieplank® Siding?
A. Only the finest raw materials are used for James Hardie siding products. Premium cement, finely-ground sand, natural cellulose (wood) fibers, and water are combined and cured through a proprietary manufacturing process into the most durable siding material.
Q. How much, on average, does it cost the homeowner for Homescapes of New England to install HardiePlank® lap siding?
A. Costs vary depending on the size of the residence and the amount of siding used as well as the degree of difficulty. Most of our jobs fall in the $15,000 to $22,000 range. Our minimum for a siding installation project is $5,000.
Q. Once James Hardie is installed will I ever have to paint it again?
A. If you choose siding that has ColorPlus® technology you are guaranteed from the manufacturer not to paint for 15 years.
Q. Is James Hardie siding resistant to mold?
A. Yes. Hardieplank is sealed to keep out moisture. If dirt is splattered against the coating and mold grows on the dirt, the coating cleans easily with water from a garden hose.
Q. How is James Hardie siding installed and how long does it take?
A. A weather barrier is added to protect against moisture infiltration is applied first to the exterior of the house, then the Hardie siding is nailed on top. The installation process usually takes 5 to 7 working days. These are only averages; it all depends on the size of the job.
Q. Is James Hardie siding installed on top of my existing siding?
A. No, to be sure the structure is sound before we install the James Hardie siding all of the existing siding is removed and checked to be sure the exterior wall is not compromised.
Q. What is the warranty?
A. James Hardie siding has a 30 year nonprorated warranty from the manufacturer and a 15 year warranty on the ColorPlus finish.
Q. Is the weight of James Hardie siding an issue?
A. Absolutely not. Hardieplank weighs 2.3 lbs per square foot. That is about the same weight as 5/8″ thick Sheetrock. Hardieplank is installed on load-bearing walls. It has been installed on over 4 million homes and the weight of the product has never been an issue.
Q. What is the advantage of James Hardie siding compared to vinyl siding?
A. Only James Hardie siding provides a long-term solution to your siding problems and gives your home the look and feel of real wood. It has excellent durability and will not rot, warp, or burn. It is dimensionally stable and it will not expand or contract like vinyl siding. We have removed vinyl siding from several homes and replaced it with Hardieplank.
Q. Should I have my windows replaced when I replace the siding?
A. It is preferable to replace the windows when you replace the siding, but window replacement can be performed later, if desired.
Q. Is James Hardie siding resistant to damage from insects and weather?
A. Termites and other wood-eating insects will not be able to penetrate James Hardie siding. The product is also resistant to damage from hail, freezing temperatures, rain, and humidity.
Q. If I install James Hardie siding will I be eligible for an insurance discount?
A. Some insurers allow a fire insurance discount. You should discuss this with your own insurance agent.
Q. Are there any environmental or health concerns associated with James Hardie siding products?
A. No. James Hardie siding is an environmentally friendly and safe product. It contains no asbestos, glass fibers, or formaldehyde.
Q. Do you have a referral program?
A. Yes. Anyone who refers a homeowner to us that results in a project and is more than $5,000, the person who made the referral will receive a $100 check from Homescapes of New England.