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Here are some of the questions that we receive most often from our customers. If you have a question that isn't answered here, or simply want to speak with us, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Why Would I Want James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding On My Home?

HardiePlank is the epitome of looks and durability. James Hardie fiber cement siding comes in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns. It will never buckle, crack and warp the way normal siding does.

Why Should I Go With James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Instead Of Vinyl Or Stucco Siding?

Hardie siding is engineered to withstand the elements, while looking more attractive than other siding materials.. Hardie also won't blow off or buckle like other siding. For a more comprehensive comparison between James Hardie siding and other types of siding, check out our side-by-side comparison chart.

How Does James Hardie Pricing Compare To The Prices Of Vinyl Or Stucco?

It's more expensive than vinyl, but less expensive than synthetic stucco. The resale value of HardiePlank is also higher than most other siding products.

How Long Will James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Last?

For as long as your home is standing. In fact, our manufacturer warranties with a 30 year non-prorated warranty.

Will Fiber Cement Siding Look As Good Years From Now As It Does Now?

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding is designed to give your home a beautiful look that endures. Durable construction means that Hardie siding will stand up to the elements, no matter what type of climate. Over the years, you won't have to worry about additional upkeep costs because HardiePlank won't rot, peel, warp or harbor insects like wood.

Is James Hardie Fiber Cement A Good Investment?

For 8 years in a row, Remodeling magazine has named James Hardie as the #1 siding for increased curb appeal and resale value for your home. Since is requires little maintenance to keep its good looks, James Hardie's return-on-investment is very high.

How Long Does It Take To Install James Hardie Siding?

This question has many variables that affect the answer. The number of stories of the house, as well if the existing siding must be removed also dictates the time on the job. One of the most significant factors is how "cut up" a job is. "Cut up" refers to how many corners, windows, gables, offset areas, and tie-ins must be negotiated.

Can Hardie Siding Withstand Hot And Cold Weather Extremes?

Yes. Unlike many other types of siding, Hardie fiber cement is very dimensionally stable. It doesn't expand and contract in heat and cold as much as other siding products. That's one of the reasons why the finish resists chipping, cracking, and chalking.

How Does The Warranty For Hardie Siding Compare To Other Types Of Siding Warranties?

James Hardie siding comes with a 30-year, non-prorated materials warranty. Other types of siding come with a material warranty that's usually prorated and decrease in value over time. That means you may have to pay for certain problems with your siding after a few years.

Can Hardie Siding Be Painted?

Yes, HardiePlank lap siding must be painted, or you may order siding with ColorPlus Technology, which is pre-finished by James Hardie in 23 colors. If you're painting, 100% acrylic topcoats are recommended.

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If you have questions about Distinctive Home Exteriors and our installation process, check out our General FAQ.