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Can I Replace Wood Clapboard Siding with Hardie Siding?

Old, worn out cedar clapboard siding can cost you if left unattended. Although wood siding looks beautiful, its initial cost is sizable, and its maintenance can be taxing. Often homeowners elect to contact a local contractor when they are seeking to remedy these issues. Despite the classic look and feel of cedar siding, there are many other low-maintenance siding options that replicate its appeal.

Signs it’s time to replace cedar clapboard siding include:

1. Dry Rot

When water penetrates cedar siding, it can cause dry rot to flourish. The cedar siding begins to decompose, compromising your home’s protective layer. Your home can be further damaged if the problem isn’t addressed promptly.

2. High Maintenance

Wood siding requires more frequent upkeep to maintain its appearance. Cedar clapboard siding requires regular maintenance such as staining or painting. When wood siding’s finish isn’t well maintained, moisture can penetrate it, creating the need for repairs or siding replacement. Homeowners tend to get weary of the taxing maintenance it takes to keep cedar siding sealed and functioning as it was designed to, and often a siding replacement with a different material, such as fiber cement, is the only way to solve the dilemma.

3. Pest Damage

Wood attracts pests such as stink bugs, termites and woodpeckers. If there are visible signs of infestation, it needs to be proactively resolved so it doesn’t lead to more trouble.

4. Moisture Damage

Moisture penetration can be a major problem when it comes to wood siding. If water gets behind the cedar clapboard siding, trouble can cascade into the need for major repairs or siding replacement. Wood siding shrinks and swells when exposed to moisture, which can cause paint to crack over time.

Get the Look of Cedar without the Maintenance Cedar Siding Requires

It pays to replace cedar wood siding with James Hardie fiber cement siding. With Hardie siding, you can enjoy a similar look and avoid the need for high maintenance. Why settle for wood siding when you can get the durability and protection of gorgeous James Hardie siding?

The Value of Replacing Cedar Siding with Hardie Siding

While cedar clapboard siding looks fabulous, it’s made of natural wood and therefore subject to the effects of wind, rain, ice, snow, and hail. Its need to be repainted or re-treated every 3-5 years can make it hard to keep up with.

If you’re tired of the high maintenance cedar clapboard requires, consider replacing it with America’s favorite siding material: James Hardie. James Hardie fiber cement siding, also known as Hardie siding, Hardie Board siding, and fiber cement siding, is the most popular siding material in America.

Protecting over 8,000,000 homes, this outstanding product provides the beauty, durability, and performance homeowners are looking for. James Hardie siding outperforms its competition: vinyl and wood. Here are some of the biggest advantages Hardie offers homeowners:

Spend more time doing what you love

Low-maintenance Hardie siding gives you more time to enjoy life with the people you love most. James Hardie siding is easily maintained: simply wash it twice a year with a garden hose and a medium bristle nylon brush.

Enjoy a home well protected from the elements

After careful study of the long-term impact of weather on siding in different regions of the country, the HardieZone System was developed. The James Hardie company developed siding products to withstand the specific climate in which they are installed.

Complement your home with exceptional style

James Hardie fiber cement siding comes in a wide variety of styles, textures, and colors. Create the perfect look to match your home architecture and make a statement in your neighborhood with Hardie siding. Choose from classic to modern or contemporary looks to get the most style for your home.

  • HardiePlank®
  • HardiePanel®
  • HardieShingle®
  • HardieSoffit®
  • HardieTrim®

Get color that doesn’t fade over time

James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology gives you factory baked-on color that resists fading. Its UV resistance shields your home’s color, keeping your home looking gorgeous for years to come. ColorPlus technology comes with a 15-year warranty, giving you confidence. And the Hardie company leaves the guesswork out of choosing home exterior colors. They had a design team create two collections of beautiful color combinations you can select from with certainty.

  • Statement Collection—This gorgeous selection of colors is made of your region’s most popular ColorPlus technology colors. These locally stocked, readily available colors ensure your home will look fabulous!
  • Dream Collection—Let your dreams become reality with the gorgeous color choices from the James Hardie Dream Collection. This group of colors offers you over 700 ColorPlus technology finishes, giving you infinite design possibilities and high performance.

Rest at ease, knowing your family is well protected with non-combustible siding

As a natural wood, cedar siding burns easily, particularly if it hasn’t been treated to resist flames. In contrast, fiber cement siding is non-combustible, so it won’t fuel a fire like wood does. Some insurance companies even give a discount to homeowners with James Hardie siding protecting their homes due to its non-combustible nature.

Get a warranty you can rely on for decades

The James Hardie company stands behind their products with a 30-year non-prorated, transferable warranty. When a James Hardie Preferred contractor installs your siding, your warranty is protected, giving you peace of mind.

Get Precision Installation from James Hardie Trained Pros

At American Way Exteriors, we understand that two ingredients ensure the long-term protection for your home: siding material choice, and siding contractor selection. We are the only James Hardie Elite Preferred contractors in the area, and when our team of experts installs your siding, your 30-year James Hardie warranty is protected.

Our Elite Preferred status ensures you get a professional sales approach, and we adhere to the James Hardie Company’s best practices. We are state licensed, and amply insured for your protection.

Transform Your Home with Hardie Siding

Replacing cedar clapboard siding with durable James Hardie fiber cement gives you low-maintenance, gorgeous siding you can enjoy for decades to come.

Learn more about how you can transform your home with James Hardie fiber cement siding.

Read Our Rave Reviews

American Way Exteriors has earned numerous positive reviews for our outstanding service. Read about our customers’ pleasant experiences working with us, then contact us today to learn how we can improve your home with new siding and roofing.

"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

Michelle G.

"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

Beecher R.

"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

Kathy G.

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