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How James Hardie Siding Complements Colonial Style Homes

Colonial homes, an American favorite, are often covered with brick, stone, or wood siding. Once water permeates wood siding, it causes warping, cracking, rotting, and opens the door to pest infestation.

With the high maintenance wood requires, it’s important to look for a viable siding solution that preserves the timeless beauty of your Colonial home, yet delivers the low maintenance and weather resistance you desire.

Enhance the Beauty and Value of Your Colonial Style Home

The Classic Appeal of Colonial Homes

Colonial homes have traditional elements that are still popular today. They are characterized by a square or rectangular façade, a central entrance, and windows placed symmetrically on both sides of the entry door. They typically have a chimney either centrally located or one on each side of the house.

They have uniformly sized doors, and lots of evenly spaced windows—with crown molding over the windows, and shutters to their right and left. Dormers are another feature you’ll find with Colonial homes, and dentil molding along their roof lines are common and set the home apart. Dentil molding looks like wooden trim with blocks shaped like teeth and was commonly used in ancient Greek and Roman architecture.

These houses’ design dates back to the Colonial era, and they work well as a family home, providing a large gathering place for friends and family to enjoy. While there are formal elements to Colonials, today’s homeowners are adding non-traditional features and colors to make their home uniquely theirs. Modern updates to these beautiful dwellings appeal to homeowners with a variety of style preferences.

Why Wood Siding Isn’t Ideal for Colonial Homes

While wood siding is beautiful and adds to the historic flavor of Colonial houses, wood’s tedious upkeep gets tiresome to most homeowners. If they don’t keep wood planks well sealed, their home’s protective layer becomes compromised and vulnerable to damaging moisture intrusion.

Reasons Homeowners Choose James Hardie Siding for Their Colonial Homes

1. Low Maintenance

James Hardie siding is the ideal choice for homeowners looking to preserve their property’s charm and stay consistent with the classic American style, yet bypass the high maintenance needs of wood.

2. Authentic Appeal

Hardie siding’s thick makeup mimics the look of wood with a wood-grain appearance that delivers beauty and an authentic look to Colonial homes—minus wood’s maintenance!

3. Weather Resistance

Hardie Board stands up to the elements with ease. Made of a proprietary blend of cement, sand, and cellulose, it keeps moisture from invading your home, bypassing the costly repairs wood siding often requires.

4. Style Options

Some Colonial houses are historic homes which require siding and color selections that meet regulations for historic home updates. Colonial architecture naturally lends itself to classic design choices, but if you want to indulge in other styles, here are some options:

  • Choose traditional horizontal lap siding. HardiePlank siding offers the classic appeal of wood lap siding for a timeless look.
  • Get the look of wood shake siding. HardieShake siding delivers beauty with gorgeous texture to add interest.
  • Combine more than one siding type. Indulge in a creative option by installing HardieShingle on the front of your Colonial home, and HardiePlank on its sides and back.
  • Pair board-and-batten siding with lap siding. Install horizontal siding on the lower story of your Colonial home, and vertical planks on your upper gables for visual interest.

5. Versatile Siding Colors

Traditionally, Colonial homes had white siding and a red front door, but today’s homeowners are adorning their Colonial home with a wide variety of color options—from blue to gray or tan. Yet, many choose white trim to accent its symmetry and beauty. Deep, dramatic colors create visual interest, while white or gray deliver timeless appeal.

Cover Your Colonial Home with Durable James Hardie Siding

If you’re tired of dealing with the tedious upkeep wood requires, and you’re in need of replacement siding, consider the many benefits of having Hardie siding installed.

At American Way Exteriors, siding materials that last are important to us, and that’s why we specialize in James Hardie siding. It’s the strongest siding material available that stands up against Ohio’s harshest elements, and it has an amazing 30-year warranty. Its versatile style options allow you to complement your home’s architecture to increase its beauty and value. Take a moment to learn more about how James Hardie colors and styles can boost your home’s curb appeal.

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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