Chicago’s James Hardie® Siding Professionals
If you would like the look of wood siding without the upkeep and expenses associated with it, James Hardie siding is a great choice for home siding in Chicago. James Hardie is a fiber-cement siding product. James Hardie home siding is composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber; which gives it excellent sturdiness and stability. As a result, it is unrivaled in its ability to endure the elements, including wind, rain, snow, ice and sun. Its durability, charm and sturdiness combine to make James Hardie siding the ideal siding for enhancing and protecting homes in Chicagoland area.
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Is James Hardie fiber-cement siding GREEN?
Because of the durability of fiber-cement, it is considered a GREEN product. Fiber-cement is greener than vinyl siding products which originate from fossil fuels, and wood or wood based products. James Hardie® products are rare in that they combine beauty and durability and also are considered “Green and Sustainable” by industry professionals. There are a number of quality building products in the marketplace to choose from, but only James Hardie delivers the level of durability and peace-of-mind you can trust. James Hardie supports the entire building industry’s efforts in creating more sustainable homes, neighborhoods and materials. Watch this video presentation to learn more about the sustainability of James Hardie Siding®.
Do I have to paint James Hardie?
You can apply James Hardie either pre-primed and ready for paint, or pre-finished with James Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology. James Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology is a baked on factory applied finish that comes with a 15-year warranty.
How long will James Hardie last?
Most of James Hardie siding products come with a 30-year transferable warranty, which means James Hardie siding products will last much longer than wood or wood based sidings. Because James Hardie is not wood or vinyl, it will not warp, crack or swell like wood based sidings, is non-combustible, insect repellent, and impact resistant.
Who can install James Hardie siding?
Any contractor can tell you that he can install James Hardie siding products, but you want to go with a contractor that has experience with the product, especially ColorPlus. Siding Group has been prequalified by James Hardie as a James Hardie Preferred Remodeler. James Hardie has done extensive research into our company history and stability. Our installers and our sales team has been trained on James Hardie’s best practices, which are followed throughout all of our projects. Furthermore, James Hardie actively monitors our activity and reviews our current projects.
How much does re-siding my home with James Hardie siding cost?
The cost to re-side your home with James Hardie siding products depends on several factors including the size of your home, the complexity of the job, and the type of James Hardie siding products you choose to use.
How can I find out how much it will cost to re-side my home?
Contact Siding Group and one of our siding professionals will meet with you at your home and give you a free full-evaluation of your home’s siding needs.
How long will re-siding my home take?
Once again there are many factors that determine the time it takes to re-side your home like weather conditions, and the factors that determine the cost.
Do you have to tear off my old siding?
Damaged siding on a home can sometimes indicate that there are causes under the siding and with previous construction techniques that are contributing to the decay. We provide an inspection and determine if a tear off of existing siding is necessary. Upon inspection and appropriate cause of action, we can install a weather resistive barrier and even insulation to make your home more energy efficient.
What is James Hardie made of?
Portland cement, sand and wood fibers.
What is the finish warranty?
15 years on preferable ColorPlus.
What is the panel warranty?
How do you attach the panels?
We use a “blind nailing” process that hides almost all of the nails.
Do you use any kind of house wrap?
Pending inspection, yes. We completely seal the house prior to the installation of the siding to stop air infiltration and as a vapor barrier.
How often do you clean up the job sites?
As we go along but we do a major clean up at the end of the day. Then we go over the area with a magnet to make sure all the nails are picked up.
Will the finish fade?
James Hardie’s color variance accuracy standards for their ColorPlus® Technology finish are three times stricter than what’s acceptable for most “store-bought” paints and more tightly controlled than the automotive industry.
Is James Hardie fiber-cement siding difficult to install?
Yes. It is a very specialized product and is very difficult to install. It will only be warranted if installed by a trained professional.
How well are the crews trained?
The crews are all factory trained by James Hardie®. They also go through ongoing training programs. They memorize all of the nailing sequences prior to being allowed to work with our clients and they must know all aspects of James Hardie® “best practices” manual.
What kind of specialty equipment do the crews use?
They use a specially designed blade by James Hardie® to cut the material. They also use a custom vacuum system in conjunction with the saws to prevent a lot of dust blowing around.
What kind of caulk do you use?
We use only caulking that is approved by James Hardie and is color matched to all ColorPlus products.