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JAMES HARDIE

(JH) is fiber cement covering for house renovation, which is widely used to cover buildings in both commercial & residential areas. JH Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fiber cement materials. It’s also the most popular variety of covering on the market in Canada, which is a perfect alternative to aluminum siding. The material is represented by the composite substance, which includes sand, cellulose fibers, liquid, and Portland cement. Fiber cement James Hardie siding is able to provide the realistic texture, look, and grain of wood siding.

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PROS & CONS OF THE COVERING

The advantages of James Hardie siding are:

  • The high quality of the material
  • Excellent durability that can effectively last for a lifetime (up to 40-50 years)
  • Reliability confirmed by Good Housekeeping in 2013
  • Lack of maintenance (all you should do is to wash the surface once in a couple of years to get rid of dirt)
  • Eco-friendliness
  • The provision of insulation
  • A non-combustible covering with fire resistance
  • Resistance to water destruction & rot
  • Immunity to woodpeckers, termites, and other pests
  • A wide choice of colors, which stay vibrant
  • Resilience to scratches and fading
  • The material is suitable for any climate and temperature changes.

The main drawbacks of Hardie siding are:

  • Higher price compared to many other varieties of covering
  • Special skills are required to set up such covering to guarantee all its benefits.
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VARIATIONS OF COVERING

There exist varieties of such covering that can be used for house renovations:

  • Horizontal Lap

    Horizontal lap covering with Hardie planks. The lines of this covering are multi-dimensional, which allows forget about the boring flat lines of typical houses. It looks symmetric and elegant. For this surface, it’s possible to choose either a smooth or wood texture. When the most common variety of this kind of covering is being set up, each new Hardie board overlaps the previous one. There exist other variations. For instance, there might be a bead-like strip running between each board, which adds a contemporary look to the building. Another alternative is the Dutch lap style, where the bigger horizontal boards are separated by skinny, inverted segments of the covering.

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  • Vertical covering

    Vertical covering. It’s another possible variant of covering, which is created of vertical panels and can be successfully combined with the horizontal variation. The installation of this cement siding is a bit more time-consuming and requires specific knowledge & experience. Also, pay attention that this variety of covering is less resistant to water damage, so it’s necessary to be careful while washing it in order to prevent water from getting under the coverage. Vertical cement siding panels can come with various textures — natural wood (cedar mill), smooth, or stucco textures. The latest is different from wood and provides a more complex texture of surface.

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  • Hardie Shingle

    Hardie Shingle. It’s frequently called shake siding. Such variety can successfully replace the corresponding cedar covering. The shingles are represented by 4 ft. x 18’’ panels, which have a special pattern. It’s possible to choose either an unusual Staggered or neat Straight Edge design.

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  • Trim Hardie board siding.

    Trim Hardie board siding. They are mostly used to add certain decorations & accents to the building. The styles available are different including batten, crown, and fascia. It’s actually a nice alternative to cedar & pine trims. The textures are presented by all popular varieties — smooth and grain. The batten panels are 19 mm thick, 64 mm wide, and come in 3,658 mm lengths. They are perfectly combined with vertical Hardie panels. As for other cement board siding varieties, they might be either 4/4 or 5/4.

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Such a solution can add more resistance to the house against the winds, storms, and intensive sunlight. The material protects from splitting, swelling, rotting, and cracking caused by moisture. The boards are ready to be painted, so it’s possible to choose any possible color.

Colors

All the James Hardie products are manufactured primed & ready to get painted. Thus, it’s possible to choose any color for your house renovation. JH brand also offers its innovative color scheme technology called ColorPlus. It means that you can order already painted panels for your house. Such a choice provides impressive durability (close to the durability of the surface), resistance to sunlight, and other conditions. James Hardier Canada can offer very different colors & textures. The collection of the main variations of shades includes:

  • Light Mist
  • Rich Espresso
  • Khaki Brown
  • Anthracite Grey
  • Grey Slate
  • Midnight Black
  • Iron Grey
  • Traditional Red
  • Pearl Grey
  • Boothbay Blue
  • Chestnut Brown
  • Arctic White
  • Cobble Stone
  • Sail Cloth
  • Evening Blue
  • Timber Bark
  • Woodland Cream
  • Monterey Taupe
  • Heathered Moss
  • Mountain Sage
  • Soft Green

Fiber cement siding Canada offers a palette that is gorgeous & high-quality. It allows finding a perfect solution for any building & style.

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Prices

James Hardie installation, while providing great characteristics, is not necessarily the most expensive solution.

The cost depends on:

  • The footage of the house
  • The necessity to remove the previous surface
  • The complexity of preparation works & repairs required
  • The JH variety selected
  • Additional services (such as painting).

The cost of fiber cement siding Hardie setting up varies from 11.50 USD to 12.75 for square feet. Thus, if the footage of an average house is 1,800 square feet, the price will be from 20,700 USD to 22,950 USD for the whole building.

SETTING UP

The Hardie panel installation procedure includes several steps:

  • 1. Preparation.

    First, the old covering should be removed. Then, caulking & flashing works should be completed. In certain cases, trimming might be required to the surface. Any nails or staples should be carefully removed before working with fiber cement.

    2. Measuring & cutting.

    Depending on the style and variety of cement siding panels, they should be correctly cut according to the accurate measurements. Professionals can do it right on-site.

    3. Flashing setting up.

    It will help protect certain parts of the house from water & other environmental conditions.

  • 4. James Hardie installation.

    uch covering can be fastened directly to the house. The process is fulfilled in accordance with the selected style.

    5. Finishing works.

    All the gaps remaining should be carefully sealed. Besides, any JH covering should be sealed with caulk by the end. It will make the surface strong & durable.

    Finally, the specialists are to clean up the surface by eliminating unnecessary nails & other elements by means of special equipment. Remember that only correct professional setting up will guarantee all its characteristics & long service life.

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