There’s a reason James Hardie® fiber cement siding is North America’s #1 siding brand—it’s beautiful, durable, pest-resistant, low-maintenance, and fireproof. As a homeowner, there isn’t much more you could ask for from a siding brand!
However, before investing in this popular material, we know you want to ensure it lives up to the hype by asking the tough (but necessary) questions.
James Hardie FAQ with JD Hostetter & Associates
As a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor, we’re here to provide answers to the most common questions homeowners have about Hardie siding based on our wealth of knowledge from installing this product for several years!
1. What is fiber cement siding made from?
Fiber cement siding is crafted from a sturdy blend of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers to create a product that is pest-resistant, fire-resistant, and weatherproof.
2. How long does Hardie siding last?
Hardie siding can last up to 50 years when it’s well taken care of. When you replace your siding with this durable material—you’ll likely never have to worry about replacing it again!
3. How much does fiber cement siding cost compared to other siding materials?
Fiber cement siding is less expensive than some materials, like brick and stucco, and has a comparable price to others, like hardboard or composite siding. In the past, fiber cement siding has been more expensive than vinyl, but lately, the materials have grown similar in cost, making durable fiber cement the obvious choice!
4. Is Hardie siding difficult to maintain?
Hardie siding is one of the easiest siding materials to keep in great shape. It doesn’t melt, warp, or crack, like vinyl, and it’s not prone to pest or water damage, like wood. Simply spray your fiber cement siding with a garden hose twice a year, wipe off dirt or grime with a non-abrasive brush or rag, and your siding will be good as new!
5. What is the best way to purchase Hardie siding for my home?
Professionally trained contractors, like JD Hostetter & Associates, can usually get the best deals on Hardie siding. Contact our expert team, and we’ll walk you through the siding selection and installation process!
6. What styles can I select from for my Hardie siding?
Hardie siding comes in endless designs you can choose from to customize your home. Select from unique styles, like lap, vertical, and shingle siding, that can mimic popular materials like stucco, cedar planks, and wood shakes.
7. How much will my siding replacement cost?
The cost of your siding replacement depends on various factors, including your home’s location, size, neighborhood, and your siding’s current condition. Contact our team at JD Hostetter & Associates for a free estimate of the cost of your siding replacement.
8. Will Hardie siding hold up in my climate?
Yes, Hardie siding is Engineered for Climate®, which is especially important for properties in continental climates like Indiana! James Hardie designs their siding products to stand up to the elements in the climate you live in, so your exterior will be able to withstand shrinking, swelling, cracking, and mold growth from rain, snow, sleet, and wind.
9. What type of trim can I use with Hardie siding?
You can use fiber cement, natural wood, engineered wood, vinyl, or corrosion-resistant aluminum trim with your Hardie siding. However, we recommend using HardieTrim®—James Hardie’s fiber cement trim—to match your new siding boards perfectly.
10. Does color last on Hardie siding?
Hardie siding comes with two paint options—you can either receive your boards pre-primed for paint (and paint them after installation) or get your boards with baked-on color applied in a factory-controlled setting. ColorPlus Technology® (the second option) comes in a wide range of beautiful, vibrant colors that are guaranteed to protect against chipping, peeling, or fading!
11. Is Hardie siding fire-resistant?
Hardie siding is completely noncombustible and won’t contribute fuel to a fire, unlike many other siding materials, like wood. You can rest assured that your home will be safe when exposed to flames until the fire department arrives. In fact, you may even be eligible for an insurance discount when your home is covered with this durable, fire-resistant material.
12. What is a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor?
The James Hardie Elite Contractor Alliance Program was created to match homeowners with the country’s most experienced siding contractors. To earn the title of “James Hardie Preferred Contractor,” a contractor must meet several guidelines set by the James Hardie company, like following best installation practices, maintaining a professional sales approach, and more.
JD Hostetter & Associates is one of two contractors in Indiana to earn this distinct honor—so we can promise you the best warranties, prices, and performance for your new siding!
13. Does Hardie siding come with a warranty?
Speaking of warranties, James Hardie offers one of the best in the industry. Hardie siding is covered with a 30-year, non-prorated, transferable warranty, and Hardie trim is covered with a 15-year, non-prorated warranty. If you get your siding boards with ColorPlus Technology, you’ll also receive a 15-year limited warranty to protect against peeling, cracking, and chipping.
Install Hardie Siding with Our Professional Team at JD Hostetter & Associates
Now that we’ve answered your most important questions, are you convinced that Hardie siding is worth the price? We sure hope so!
If you’d like to join the club of eight million homeowners who have chosen this durable, long-lasting siding to protect their properties, give our expert team a call! We will ensure your new siding is installed precisely to the company’s standards, so your warranty is honored.
Get a free estimate for your siding replacement today!