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What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions about James Hardie Siding?

When your home siding wears out or becomes damaged from storms, moisture penetration may occur, leaving you with costly repairs. Long-lasting James Hardie siding stands up to severe weather, and lasts up to 50 years. Its stylish design brings out the best in your home exterior, boosting both your home’s curb appeal and its resale value.

Answers to Your Questions about Fiber Cement Siding

Understand the benefits of James Hardie siding by learning the answers to your questions about its characteristics.

What is James Hardie siding?

James Hardie siding is the most popular siding material in America, protecting over 8,000,000 homes from coast to coast—and for good reason. Known for its durable makeup, beauty, and high performance, this outstanding siding material provides excellent protection from weather and wear while enhancing your home’s attractiveness significantly.

What is James Hardie siding made of?

James Hardie siding is made of a proprietary blend of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers, creating a durable fiber cement siding you can rely on for decades.

How long does James Hardie siding last?

When installed correctly and maintained properly, Hardie Board siding lasts up to 50 years.

What styles does James Hardie siding come in?

There are a variety of different types of Hardie Board siding available to accommodate even the most distinct tastes. Here are some favorites:

  • HardiePlank lap siding—This popular siding gives your home a timeless look. Its variety of color and texture choices give you every opportunity to make a design statement with your home.
  • HardiePanel siding—This vertical siding combined with HardieTrim creates a gorgeous board-and-batten look for your home. Its clean lines give your home a sleek, modern farmhouse look.
  • HardieShingle siding—Get the look of cedar shake shingles without the high maintenance of wood siding. Avoid the hassles of wood rot, warped or curled shingles by choosing durable HardieShingle siding. The ideal look for Cape Cod and Cottage style homes, HardieShingle also looks fabulous as an accent across many architectural styles on the top half of home exteriors.
  • HardieTrim—Accent your home’s windows, gables, doors, and columns with beautiful trim that gives your home exterior a finished look.
  • HardieSoffit—Choose from vented or non-vented options, and protect your home’s eaves and exterior walls from water penetration and pests such as stink bugs, termites, and woodpeckers.
Is James Hardie Siding right for your home?

Our “Complete Hardie Siding Guide” can help you decide.

Why should I choose a James Hardie siding contractor?

James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractors deliver exceptional high performance results you’re sure to enjoy for decades to come. They are held to the high installation standards set by the James Hardie company.

What are the maintenance requirements of James Hardie siding?

In order to maintain your James Hardie siding, simply wash it twice a year with a garden hose and a medium bristle nylon brush in order to remove any dirt and grime. Keep an eye on your siding’s seams to verify caulking is in good condition. If it starts to disintegrate, simply replace it to keep your home well sealed, and enjoy the insulation benefits of James Hardie siding.

Is James Hardie siding pest resistant?

Dayton, Ohio homes may tend to attract stink bugs and woodpeckers, causing costly damage to their home exterior. The good news is that James Hardie siding is pest resistant, including stink bugs, termites, and other insects. With Hardie siding, you can avoid the hassle of dealing with annoying woodpeckers that come back year after year and damage homes with wood siding.

What type of warranty coverage does James Hardie siding have?

When you choose Hardie siding, you not only get beautiful, low maintenance, high performance siding that will look fabulous for years to come, but also an outstanding warranty. The Hardie Board’s 30-year non-prorated, transferable warranty gives you peace of mind knowing your investment is well protected.

Is James Hardie siding fire resistant?

Hardie siding won’t ignite when it’s exposed to a direct flame. It is heat resistant, and won’t fuel a fire. Its non-combustible makeup even earns a discount with some insurance companies due to its ability to provide fire resistance.

How do I choose the best color combination for my home?

The James Hardie company takes the guesswork out of siding color combinations. Choose from the designer chosen color palettes to bring out the best in your home exterior. James Hardie ColorPlus technology gives you premium baked-on color that goes onto your new siding evenly. It is applied in the James Hardie controlled factory environment, so you’re ensured uniformity in the look and endurance of your siding color. Get low maintenance, high performance color for your new Hardie Board siding, and enjoy a 15-year non-prorated warranty which covers paint and labor to protect your home from chipping, peeling, and cracking of your ColorPlus finish. Choose the best combination for your home:

  • Dream Collection—Select from over 700 different colors to get the look your desire.
  • Statement Collection—Choose from carefully curated colors that combine the most popular James Hardie ColorPlus siding and trim styles with gorgeous texture and color. Locally stocked and readily available, these shades give you the best possible look for your home exterior.

The Benefits of Hardie Board Contractors

When you hire a James Hardie Preferred Contractor, you receive expert installation by a team of professionals who are trained by the James Hardie company and held to strict standards in order to continue to be recommended by the Hardie company.

American Way Exteriors is the only James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor in the Dayton, Ohio area. We install your siding according to the James Hardie company’s best practices, protecting your 30-year, transferable, non-prorated warranty. As Elite Preferred Contractors, we follow the strict installation standards set by the James Hardie company, giving you the high performance, gorgeous siding you deserve.

To learn more about Hardie Board siding, take a look at our Complete James Hardie Siding Guide.

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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