Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have affected homes, homeowners and their families all across the country, including those in the James Hardie family. In the process of recovering from these disasters, many have contacted us for guidance about repairing or replacing their James Hardie products.
Fiber cement products are highly resistant to flood damage. However, other components of the walls of your home may be less resistant to flood damage and may need to be cleaned or replaced. This cleaning and replacement work may require the removal and replacement of your James Hardie backer or siding products. Also, when properly installed, your James Hardie siding is rated for the wind resistance specified by your local building code. Winds from recent storms may have exceeded the rating specified by your local building code and damaged your siding to the point where it should be replaced.
To determine which repairs are necessary for your home, we urge you to contact your homeowner’s insurance agent or FEMA as soon as possible to arrange an inspection with a licensed contractor or home inspector. Here are some resources to help guide you through this process:
Settling Insurance Claims After A Disaster: Insurance Information Institute
National Flood Insurance Program Flood Insurance Claims Handbook FEMA
FEMA Disaster Assistance
If you or your contractor have any questions regarding repairing or replacing James Hardie siding products, please go to www.jameshardie.com or contact our Claims Department at (866) 375-8603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.