Why You Should Hire a James Hardie
Elite Preferred Contractor
We invest time and money in home improvement projects for various reasons. Some of us focus on needed repairs after years of use, while others work to increase the value of our home. Depending on budget, both repairs and improvements are the goal.
Whatever the reason, you always want to choose products that are durable and high-quality for any project. It’s also important to remember that no structural component, no matter how well made, will provide the reliability and quality a homeowner expects unless it is properly installed.
What Is a James Hardie Preferred Contractor?
James Hardie prides itself on the superiority of its fiber cement products. They continue to raise the bar for the rest of the industry, but even the best products can fail when they are not properly installed by trained and knowledgeable professionals.James Hardie wants homeowners to feel confident that their products will be installed properly to get the ultimate performance. That’s why they developed their James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program.
How Contractors Qualify for the James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program
To receive the James Hardie preferred status, contractors must have a proven track record of quality results, satisfied customers, and demonstrate high standards. The James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program requires contractors to:
- Receive regular and random installation audits by James Hardie
- Have a satisfactory record with the BBB or other accredited agencies
- Be professionally licensed and fully bonded
- Maintain liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence
- Have workman’s compensation insurance
- Comply with James Hardie Installation Best Practices
- Successfully pass background checks
- Implement a professional sales approach
- Maintain a satisfactory credit report
After receiving a James Hardie siding installation, a third-party surveying service is used to assess all contractors by soliciting input from customers. This feedback assists in the selection of contractors for the James Hardie preferred status.
Issues Resulting from Improper Installation
James Hardie fiber cement siding is a top-quality product that can last for many years. However, issues could result in deteriorated performance, premature damage or a voided product warranty if not properly installed.
Some additional issues that could result from improper installation include:
- Improper Clearances. The siding must be installed with the appropriate clearance spaces—from roofs, decks, driveways, steps, gutters, and flashing.
- Improper Attachment. Nails should be either blind-nailed or face-nailed, but not a combination of both. Nails must be a certain size and driven in straight.
- Improper Caulking. Caulking should not be applied to James Hardie ColorPlus siding.
- Improper Cutting. Fiber cement siding requires special types of saws to cut the boards.
For these reasons, choosing a James Hardie preferred contractor is important. These top-rated contractors know how to properly implement each step of the siding installation process using James Hardie’s recommended techniques and tools.
Why Fiber Cement Siding Is Superior To Other Materials
The siding of a home is there for protection. When choosing siding for your home, you want it to not only last a long time but improve your home’s appearance. Vinyl, wood, or brick are decent choices, but there is one that is superior to them all: fiber cement siding. Homeowners across the country choose fiber cement siding for these reasons:
Fiber cement siding is five times thicker than vinyl siding. It won’t crack, warp or shrink. James Harding siding is also rot and insect resistant, saving homeowners time and money on maintenance. Fiber cement siding can resist damage from strong winds, hailstorms, high humidity, and freezing conditions.
After studying how different climates affect siding, James Hardie developed the HardieZone system to ensure that you have the right product for your climate. Even the changes in seasons can negatively impact other siding materials like vinyl and wood. James Hardie products are Engineered for Climate®.
James Hardie Fiber Cement siding is resistant to fire, whereas vinyl will melt and wood will quickly be consumed. Fiber cement siding will not ignite when exposed to direct flames, nor will it contribute to the fuel of fire. James Hardie fiber cement siding is made to resist damage from extreme heat. Its non-combustible properties can even allow discounts from some insurance companies on coverage if homes use James Hardie siding.
Fiber cement products are also resistant to pests. Woodpeckers, termites and other critters that love to destroy wood aren’t attracted to fiber cement.
James Hardie Fiber Cement siding comes in a variety of textures, profiles, widths, and colors. There are many options when choosing the style that you prefer. Some styles to consider:
HardiePlank Lap Siding presents a classic look that melds with many architectural styles.
The color options of James Hardie siding are practically endless. All their siding products come primed and ready to be painted. If you want color on your siding upon installation, you have pre-colored options with ColorPlus Technology. These colors are baked on, not just painted. This ensures that the siding won’t chip, peel, or crack.
You can choose from color schemes that fit your design style. James Hardie even provides you with a Home Color Tool for your area where you can experiment with matching colors with different styles and accents to design your perfect exterior.
5. The Recognized Leader
Over 8 million homes across North America include James Hardie products. They are backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. This accolade is the result of rigorous evaluation and testing of their products to ensure quality and trust that they meet their specifications. The appearance and performance of this durable material have made it the number one siding choice for homeowners and remodeling contractors for decades.
James Hardie continues to improve its products through rigorous evaluations and testing to ensure that homeowners are provided with a high-quality long-lasting product. They have also been recognized by other organizations and publications as a green builder, providing high-quality products at a great value.
Can You Install Fiber Cement Products Yourself?
There are those individuals that consider themselves very handy and believe they can install James Hardie Fiber Cement products themselves. There are how-to videos and guides for this purpose, but it’s important to know the problems that you may encounter in this effort.
- Lack of experience. Installing any type of siding is a daunting task, and fiber cement has its extra challenges. Fiber cement is heavier than other types of siding, often requiring more than one person to handle it. If you’re new at siding installation, you may be plunging into uncharted territory and wind up having to call in professionals eventually anyway.
- You don’t have the right tools. Special tools are needed for installing Fiber Cement Siding, many of which most people don’t keep on hand. If you try to improvise with some you do have, you may damage the siding or install it improperly. You’ll need to shell out the extra bucks to either rent or purchase the specific tools.
- You need extra protection. The process and tools used for installing Fiber Cement Siding can generate a lot of dust. Cutting the fiber cement panels should be done outdoors with a dust collector attached to the saw. You need to wear special respirator masks to avoid breathing in the dust and use safety glasses to protect your eyes. Wear high-performance ear plugs when using those loud tools.
- You’re not comfortable with the process. If you don’t understand the instructions, or aren’t ready or willing to undertake such a overwhelming project, you will not likely be successful in installing the siding properly. Make sure you read the directions thoroughly before you start and understand each step of the process. If you need further information to understand the process completely, do additional research and/or contact the manufacturer or other experts.
- You don’t have a lot of extra time. You’ll need to dedicate a lot of time to this project, often several weeks to completion. If you have a full time job, the duration will be extended considerably. How much is your time worth? Do you want to spend every weekend immersed in this project?
- Your warranty is voided. James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding has an outstanding warranty—30 to 50 years, depending on the type you buy. If you damage the products during installation, or there are issues down the road, the warranty could be invalid if the siding is installed improperly. Considering you’re making quite an investment in purchasing the product, is it worth making that mistake?
These issues could be a deterrent to installing James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding yourself. You would be better off in the long run hiring a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor instead. You’ll save a lot of work (and probably re-work), be able to enjoy other preferred leisure activities, and may even save money in tools and supplies. You’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your siding is installed correctly and the warranty remains valid.
Choose Banner to Install Your James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Products
Don't make the mistake of hiring any contractor to install your James Hardie Fiber Cement siding or trying to do it yourself. Get the peace of mind knowing that your siding will be installed properly by experts who have completed the training and have resources at their disposal.
Banner Construction has undergone all specialized training required of an Elite Preferred Contractor with a proven track record of quality results. Hiring us to install your fiber Cement siding will ensure your siding will last for many years and the warranty will be in effect in case you ever need to use it.