James Hardie fiber cement siding is a leading siding solution which stands out from its competitors because it requires far less maintenance. The material resists much of what mother nature has to throw at it but throughout the years of extreme New England weather there becomes the time when maintenance, and cleaning is needed. Cleaning is recommended from James Hardie when dust, dust, chalking, oil, grease or mildew builds up over time.
For tips on how to clean off the surface depending on your issue, check below!
Construction Dirt or Chalk:
Any dust from cutting and construction needs to be removed immediately. You’ll need a soft cloth, soft paint poly bush or chip brush. BE sure that you don’t use a hard brush that could damage the surface. If you choose a brush, brush the surface and then rinse with water. If you choose a cloth, simply wet the cloth and rinse that area.
Oils & Grease:
All you’ll need is a soft cloth, liquid dishwashing soap and a garden house. Use the soft cloth soaked with the soap to clean the area and then the garden hose to rinse everything off.
Mold & Mildew:
While this happens very rarely, it can occur. Lightly scrub the infected area with a soft cloth, and mildew cleaner. Then, use a garden hose to rinse everything off.
James Hardie recommends working small sections at a time. Start from the top of the problem and work your way down.
The best thing about James Hardie siding is that maintenance is so rarely needed. But, if you are noticing one of these issues after the years, you should stay on top of it.
One of the best ways to tell that a product and company is doing well is whether or not they are growing. And, for James Hardie Fiber Cement siding it is safe to say that they are growing! Although not in Massachusetts, James Hardie is opening a $220 million Alabama building products plant. Biz Journals & Made In Alabama both reported the story after James Hardie announced its new home last week.
The company which already has 3,200 employees around the world will be adding around 205 with this latest investment. Over a year ago, James Hardie started looking for a place to build a plant for the Eastern & Southern U.S. markets. After extensive research Prattville, Alabama was selected. What helped set Prattville above from the other locations is that it has a skilled workforce, a close proximity to key resources and availability to key markets.
James Hardie Fiber Cement is taking the country by storm one house at a time. Learn more about this product in a recent post about James Hardie Siding FAQ’s.
For more information about James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding please feel free to reach out to Solid State Construction. We are siding installation specialists throughout Massachusetts and are happy to help you. We can be contacted today over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.
At Solid State Construction we have been doing more and more James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding installations. It is becoming more popular and when one person gets it in a neighborhood it seems that the rest of the homes follow. While it’s becoming more popular in this area, there are still alot of questions surrounding this siding solution. We have pulled together some of the more frequent James Hardie questions and have all the answers for you, below!
What is Fiber Cement?
Fiber cement is made up of portland cement, sand & cellulose fibers. These materials together help create a siding solution that portrays the appearance of real wood.
How long can fiber cement siding last?
James Hardie has their own 30 year warranty on its product because they know it can last the test of time. Most Hardie siding can last up to 50 years or more.
How does James Hardie siding affect the environment?
With James Hardie offering a solution that is durable and low maintenance, it offers little waste at all.
What is the maintenance needed for James Hardie?
James Hardie needs to be painted far less than other siding solutions. Because of the fact that it doesn’t soak in the paint like wood siding products, the paint life cycle lasts 12 year or more.
Overall, James Hardie fiber cement siding is one of the leading siding options out there. For further questions that you may have, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.
Solid State Construction provides homeowners throughout Massachusetts with siding installations and repairs. From fiber cement and vinyl siding to cedar wood siding we have the options to fit your budget and your needs. But, before we even get to helping you out, it’s important for a homeowner to be able to diagnose whether they want to contact a contractor. We are always here to conduct an inspection but follow some of these tips to help realize that you’re in need of new siding.
Frequent Painting Is Required: A homes siding at the minimum should need a new paint job every 8-10 years. If you find yourself needing to paint your siding every 5-6 years then this is a tell-tail sign that something is wrong.
Rising Energy Costs: If your heating and cooling bills have risen unexpectedly that is a sign that your home is letting drafts in. It may or may not be your siding that is the reason for this but you have to find out right away and fix it.
Rotting/Warping: Walk around your house and just take a look at the physical appearance of your siding. It should look intact and very similar to the way it was installed. If you see any warping or any boards that have started to rot then this is a sign that you need immediate siding help.
Holes: This may be a no-brainer but if your siding has holes in it then you need to act quickly. Holes in your siding is just asking for unwanted visitors from water, insects, and animals.
Dry Rot: A dry rot problem may not be very noticeable to the naked eye. Take the handle of a screwdriver and walk around your home and simply tap your siding. Dry rot basically eats away at the heart of your siding leaving just the top layer left. You’ll be able to hear the difference if dry rot is occurring.
Peeling Paint or Wallpaper of Inside Walls: Compromised siding often leads to water making its way inside your home. This moisture build up can lead to paint or wallpaper pulling away from the walls.
For more information about if you are in need of new siding please feel free to reach out. Solid State Construction can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.