Elite Home Exteriors NW

Introduction to James Hardie Pre-Finished Siding

James Hardie pre-finished siding is a durable and low-maintenance option for your home’s exterior. It is made of fiber cement, which is known for its longevity and resistance to elements like moisture and insects. James Hardie siding comes in a variety of colors and styles to suit different architectural designs. This type of siding is a popular choice among homeowners looking for a long-lasting and visually appealing option for their homes.

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Benefits of Choosing James Hardie Siding

Choosing James Hardie siding offers several benefits such as:

  • Durability: James Hardie siding is engineered to withstand various weather conditions, helping to protect your home for many years.
  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep, saving you time and money in the long run.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Comes in a variety of styles and colors to enhance the appearance of your home.
  • Warranty: Often comes with a warranty, providing peace of mind for the long-term investment in your property.

Factors to Consider Before Installation

Make sure to assess the climate conditions of your area before installing James Hardie pre-finished siding. Check for any local building codes or regulations that may impact the installation process. Ensure that your walls are properly prepared and free of any defects before beginning the installation. Take into account the color and style of the siding to ensure it complements your home’s design. Lastly, consider hiring a professional contractor with experience in installing James Hardie siding for a successful and durable installation.

Preparing for Installation

Make sure all necessary tools for installation are ready before starting the process. Inspect the siding for any damages or defects, as these can affect the final outcome. Clear the work area of any obstacles or debris for a smooth installation process. Ensure the surface where the siding will be installed is clean and properly prepared to promote adhesion. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations for the best results.

Tools and Materials Needed

To install James Hardie pre-finished siding, you will need a saw, hammer, nail gun, level, tape measure, siding shears, safety glasses, protective gloves, caulk gun, primer, paint, siding nails, and screws. Having these tools and materials ready will help ensure a smooth and successful siding installation process.

Installation Process Overview

To begin the installation process of James Hardie Pre-Finished Siding, it is crucial to follow a precise series of steps to ensure a durable outcome. Firstly, prepare the surface by removing any existing siding and ensuring a clean, smooth foundation. Next, carefully measure and cut the siding panels to fit the specific dimensions of your structure. Secure the panels in place using the recommended fastening techniques provided by James Hardie. Finally, remember to seal all joints and edges properly to prevent moisture infiltration and maintain the siding’s longevity.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

You should always start by properly preparing the surface before installing your James Hardie pre-finished siding. Ensure that the area is clean, dry, and free of any debris or obstacles. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation to ensure a proper fit and optimal durability. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you with the installation process:

  • Begin by measuring and cutting the siding panels to fit the dimensions of your wall.
  • Install the starter strip at the base of the wall to create a level foundation for the siding.
  • Attach the siding panels starting from one corner and working your way across the wall.
  • Use galvanized nails or screws to secure the panels in place, following the recommended spacing guidelines.
  • Apply caulk and sealant around windows, doors, corners, and trim to prevent water infiltration.
  • Finally, inspect the siding for any gaps or uneven areas and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper installation.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your James Hardie pre-finished siding is installed correctly and will provide long-term durability for your home.

Ensuring Long-Term Durability

To ensure long-term durability for your James Hardie pre-finished siding, it is crucial to follow proper installation tips. Here are some key guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Use high-quality materials for installation to enhance the longevity of the siding.
  • Ensure that the siding is installed correctly to prevent issues like warping or moisture damage.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain the siding to address any potential issues promptly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance to preserve the appearance and durability of the siding over time.

Maintenance Tips for James Hardie Siding

To keep your James Hardie siding in top condition, regular maintenance is key. Here are some simple maintenance tips to ensure the long-term durability of your siding:

  • Inspect: Regularly inspect your siding for any signs of damage, such as cracks, chips, or warping.
  • Clean: Clean your siding at least once a year using a mixture of water and mild soap. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or high-pressure washers, as they can damage the siding.
  • Trim: Keep any vegetation near your siding trimmed to prevent damage from branches or foliage rubbing against it.
  • Repaint: If you notice any chipped or peeling paint, touch it up promptly to prevent further damage to the siding.
  • Seal: Check for gaps or cracks in the caulking around your siding and reseal as needed to prevent water penetration.

By following these simple maintenance tips, you can help ensure that your James Hardie siding remains in excellent condition for years to come.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

When wrapping up your James Hardie pre-finished siding installation, remember that attention to detail is key for long-term durability. Properly following the manufacturer’s guidelines will help prevent issues down the line. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and inspections, can ensure your siding stays in top condition. Consider reaching out to a professional if you encounter any challenges during the installation process. Your efforts now will pay off in the future with a durable and visually appealing exterior for your home.

Contact Elite Home Exteriors NW today for a free quote on new James Hardie Siding.

See what homeowners are saying about our work!

Colleen Hass
Colleen Hass
Choose this company for you siding, you won't be sorry! The owner Ian, is far and above best contractor I have ever worked with. Excels at communication, follow up and explains everything in a friendly non-pressure way. I interviewed three other contractors, before settling on Elite. I knew I would be in good hands for this huge investment with Ian as he was genuine and sincere about providing the best result. Both the siding and the paint crew are top notch professionals, with a great work ethic and attention to detail, they are Hardie trained so you can be sure the installation was done to the highest standard and it shows! We went from ugly worn out 20 year vinyl to James Hardie siding, and the difference astounding, very very happy with what feels like a new house now.
Colton O’Neill
Colton O’Neill
Ian is extremely knowledgeable at his craft. He was so patient with all of our questions and concerns. We felt so comfortable from the moment we met him. We met with a few other companies to do our due diligence but Ian was the clear choice.
Adam Tuck
Adam Tuck
My home has a fairly complex exterior, and we were looking to re-side the home as we were dealing with constant issues of water intrusion. I was searching the greater Portland/Vancouver area for Siding Contractors for Hardie Siding, as we really just wanted something that would hold up against the elements and protect us in the case of any nearby fires (we’re close to some woods). After meeting Ian from Elite Home Exteriors, we decided to go with him and we couldn’t have been happier that we decided to go with him as out Siding Contractor. We had additional problems from the water damage too, and the folks he recommended were also top notch. Ian and team are a James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor, which means basically that he’s passed the highest certification for installing James Hardie siding products. I would work with him again, but based on his fit and finish, I probably won’t need to! Thanks Ian!
D Gray (DGray)
D Gray (DGray)
Working with Ian and his company was an absolute pleasure. I currently own 2 homes and have had 3 previous houses, so I’ve had experience with many contractors over the last 20 years and most are not good. My husband and I had a water intrusion issue (undisclosed to us during a house purchase) that we subsequently discovered for ourselves 6 months later in the rainy season. After meeting with many contactors to figure out how to execute the repair, we decided that their prices were outrageous even for just a patch job and we decided to do the right thing and replace all the wood siding with Hardie plank. My husband found Ian online, and we met with him. He is excellent at communication, through emails/text and/or phone calls. He was always pleasant to meet with and didn’t talk to me as if I was a dumb homeowner, which happens quite a bit in this industry. He was happy to answer all my questions and work with us on a documented design for adding architectural details so there was no questions on how the job would look. He and his crew were always punctual and professional. They finished the job ahead of schedule and did everything promised. Honestly, the water intrusion situation was very stressful, but Ian made it a pleasure to get resolved. I am so happy that we went with him and have had excellent results. My high-strung HOA was even happy about his work and gave us a compliment. I wholeheartedly recommend him, and I would be happy to talk to anyone wanting a reference about our pleasant experience. It isn’t every day that such a huge job is completed with such ease and professionalism. I 100% recommend working with Ian and Elite Home Exteriors NW – you won’t be disappointed!
roxanne sutton
roxanne sutton
The South wall of the house had rot and cut siding from a previous connected wood deck. Ian was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional from start to finish. He answered detailed questions, gave me several options to fit within my budget. Ian communicated with me throughout the process, and was accommodating when I requested more detail, or a change during planning phase. His crew shows up on schedule, were friendly and courteous of my property, and cleaned up thoroughly before leaving. The job was completed quickly and within budget. The new siding and paint is an asset to this house and exceeds my expectations. I enjoyed working with Ian, and would recommend Elite Home Exteriors NW to anyone considering a siding update for their home.
Justin Acciavatti
Justin Acciavatti
Glad I hired Ian and his team to replace siding on the south-facing side of my house. Communication with Ian throughout project was as good as any contractor I've worked with. The work was done well, went smoothly, just what you want. Also glad to see them not show up in expensive vehicle wrapped graphics, etc that the customer pays for. I'll have more siding to do on my house and will hire them again.
Lori Clark
Lori Clark
Great communication by the company. The workers are skilled, arrived on time, and they are very friendly. We love the work they did on our house. The new siding makes our older home look like a new house!
Keith Belshaw
Keith Belshaw
I chose to contract the team at Elite Home Exteriors NW to replace my siding as they had a fair price and provided a detail guide of materials, process and standards. They exceeded my expectations by finishing work early, were quick to communicate, did a fantastic job of replacing the siding and the team that did the install were friendly and helpful. I would solidly recommend Elite Home Exteriors!
Brendan Greenen
Brendan Greenen
Elite Home Exteriors NW did an outstanding job on re-siding our home. From the initial survey and quote, to scheduling and completing the work, they were extremely transparent, communicative and professional! Very happy with our new siding and paint for our home!
Kosal Sam
Kosal Sam
Ian and his team done a fantastic job. We resided our home with new siding and exterior paint. We are very happy of the outcome of their work. They did a great job!

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