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    James Hardie Siding FAQ

    James Hardie Siding | FAQ

    It is not often that homeowners have to shop for replacement siding, so there are naturally questions to be asked when the time comes. San Francisco weather is mild, but it still gets lots of rain, so when looking for new siding, make sure it is durable and can stand up to wind, rain, and heat.

    Shopping for new siding can be overwhelming. It can be tough to sift through the vast range of material options and find a product that meets your specific needs. In order to remove the guesswork from your decision process, Best Exteriors conducted extensive research. Our team of siding experts handpicked James Hardie siding, because we believe it’s the best siding for San Francisco homes.

    Our siding inspection gives you an honest, factual assessment, along with all the answers you need. Our goal is to not only make the process of choosing the best product for your needs simple and seamless, but also to make sure you enjoy the final product. Call us (888) 853-6277 to request a quote!



    Q: Is James Hardie siding durable?

    A: The answer is yes! James Hardie fiber cement siding consists of cement reinforced with cellulose and sand for added durability. As a result of the fiber cement’s specific curing process, it is less likely to crack or break, as well as to be affected by moisture. In other words, you save yourself from the inconveniences of repairing damaged siding, as well as avoiding the problems associated with unsightly rot, mold, mildew, and other forms of water intrusion.


    Q: What are the benefits of James Hardie siding?

    A: James Hardie siding offers lots of benefits, including:


    Fire Resistance

    James Hardie fiber cement siding is highly fire-resistant, unlike vinyl and wood siding, which can melt in case of fire.


    Insect Resistance

    James Hardie siding doesn’t attract insects or woodpeckers because of its material, which will save you considerable amounts of time and money in the long run. James Hardie siding resists insect infestation and protects your home from damages.


    Baked-on color

    James Hardie siding will look beautiful on your house for years to come unlike other siding products that fade and lose their color over time. Keeping your home looking beautiful is easy with James Hardie colors that are UV-resistant, fade-resistant, and baked-on.


    Climate specific

    Unlike other siding and trim products, James Hardie siding, and trim are designed to withstand lots of sun and rain, which make them perfect for San Francisco climate.


    Thick texture

    In contrast to vinyl siding that is only .03” thick and is more prone to denting, James Hardie siding is  ½-inches thick and can withstand heat, winds, moisture, and debris. It offers the look of wood without the maintenance that comes with wood siding, is dense and not even remotely hollow.



    Q: What is the life expectancy of James Hardie siding?

    A: James Hardie siding is warrantied for up to 30 years, but it can last for longer than that with proper care. Your siding may even outlive you and your house if it is maintained properly! In addition to being extremely durable, James Hardie siding is also susceptible to most types of weather, and heavy wear and tear. In addition to its many benefits, it also serves to enhance the exterior beauty of your home for a very long time.

    The durability and exceptional performance of the James Hardie siding are both backed by a transferable 30 year warranty, which makes it a popular choice among San Francisco homeowners.



    Q: Is James Hardie siding energy-efficient?

    A: Yes, it is! Since James Hardie siding is composed of cement materials, it offers a much greater level of energy efficiency than any other type of siding. Hardie Siding contains the same cement that is used for concrete, and in contrast to wooden siding, which is very porous and is likely to immerse water when in the house it rains, Hardie siding is resistant to it.



    Q: Are the requirements for James Hardie siding maintenance?

    A: The low maintenance of fiber cement siding lets you spend more time on the things you love. There is no priming required to keep your home sealed up and protected from the elements. Fiber cement siding does, however, require some regular maintenance in order to live up to its life expectancy.


    Clean twice a year

    You should refrain from using a power washer as the force of the water may damage the siding. If you want to clean your siding, use your garden hose and a medium bristle nylon brush. Start at the top and work your way down. Your siding will remain beautiful when you follow this simple cleaning technique.


    Periodical visual inspection

    Take a close look at your siding while you clean it and determine whether anything needs to be repaired. Ensure that it is fully intact in order to prevent excessive moisture from entering your home and causing costly damage. Ensure that the caulking does not contain any gaps or cracks that require repairing. Apply new caulking to all areas that require it and smooth it down to ensure that any gaps have been filled.


    Repaint every 15 years

    Fiber cement siding is easier to paint than wood; however, it will need to be repainted at some point for it to remain attractive and functional. Fiber cement siding that is purchased pre primed and painted after installation loses the strength of the factory baked-on color and its permanence. With ColorPlus Technology, your home will have vibrant color that lasts for up to 15 years. Then you may paint over your home to keep its protective layer intact, as well as to enhance its appearance.


    Keep your gutters and downspouts in good shape

    Maintaining your siding is easier when moisture is channeled away from your home. Using gutters and downspouts will keep water from penetrating siding. Ensure gutters aren’t clogged with debris by cleaning them twice a year. Make sure water flows freely through downspouts. Check that your gutters are tightly secured to the fascia of your roof, that they are not leaking, and that they are not rusting.


    You can expect your James Hardie fiber cement siding to outlast its 30-year warranty if you take the proper care of it. In fact, you could expect it to last up to 50 years with proper maintenance.


    Interested in James Hardie siding in San Francisco? Call us 888-853-6277 or contact Best Exteriors for a consultation or request a quote online!




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