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Does James Hardie Siding Expand and Contract with Ohio's Weather?

There's nothing more unsightly than cracked, warped, or buckled siding—but unfortunately, homeowners who live in continental climates, like Dayton, may suffer from this problem more frequently than homeowners who live in warm, dry climates.

Discover why all siding (even James Hardie!) expands and contracts in cold, wet climates and how you can keep your siding in great shape despite the weather with professional installation.

What Causes Siding to Expand and Contract?

Siding expands and contracts during rapidly fluctuating temperatures. When the weather is warm, your siding expands, and when temperatures drop, your siding contracts.

In continental climates where temperatures change rapidly, like Dayton, Ohio, your siding may crack, warp, or buckle if the weather changes quickly. This damage is more likely to occur if boards don't have enough space to move without restriction. Once your siding has cracked, your home is prone to moisture penetration, pest intrusion, a lack of curb appeal, and other troublesome problems.

Does James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Expand and Contract?

James Hardie® is the most popular siding brand in North America and is praised by homeowners for its durable, beautiful, low-maintenance products. Fiber cement is made from a durable blend of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers that is waterproof and, therefore, more resistant to expanding and contracting than vinyl or traditional wood siding. However, it still requires precise installation to avoid issues from expansion and contraction, like cracking.

Tips to Prevent Hardie Board Siding from Warping, Bucking, and Cracking in Fluctuating Temperatures

When installing your James Hardie siding, it’s important to follow the tips listed below to ensure your siding will not crack, warp, or buckle when it expands or contracts.

Hire a James Hardie Preferred Contractor

First and foremost, it's crucial to hire a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor to install your fiber cement siding. These contractors are a part of the James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program—a collection of trained, certified, and licensed professionals vetted by James Hardie.

Installation errors are one of the most common reasons James Hardie siding cracks, warps, or buckles in fluctuating temperatures. However, you can easily avoid this problem by hiring a company with the knowledge and training to install fiber cement siding correctly.

Your HardieZone

James Hardie knows you need your siding to be as tough as the weather, which is why the company’s products are Engineered for Climate®. Your fiber cement siding will be able to stand up to powerful weather events, like snowstorms and hurricanes, and incremental temperature changes that cause cracking, swelling, and buckling.

James Hardie has even designed their products with different climates in mind. The HardieZone® System offers two types of products— HZ5 products resist wet, freezing conditions, and HZ10 products protect homes from heat, humidity, and more. Your contractor will know exactly the right HardieZone siding to install on your home.

Discover the Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding from Dayton’s Top James Hardie Contractor

James Hardie Elite Preferred Remodeler

It’s easy to see how James Hardie fiber cement siding installation by a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor is the most effective way to protect your siding from warping, cracking, or buckling during fluctuating temperatures.

American Way Exteriors is trained to follow the stringent guidelines set by James Hardie, so you can be confident we’ll install your siding the right way to protect your warranties and give your siding plenty of space to expand and contract—without damaging your exterior.

Learn more about the valuable benefits and versatile styles available to you when installing Hardie siding with American Way Exteriors.

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"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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