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Being informed is critical, especially when starting a re-siding project. Start by doing some research online and asking yourself what you hope to get out of the project. Bounce ideas off neighbors who have re-done their siding, too. And, of course, seek professional advice from contractors who have worked with the products you are considering.

Why Re-Side?

There are several reasons to re-side your home: Your home’s exterior looks old and tired; you are fed up with frequent maintenance and are seeking other siding options; or, your home has been damaged by a storm.
 
The beauty of embarking on a re-siding project is that you have a chance to re-invent your house by choosing a new color, a different siding texture, or adding more details, such as shingles or additional trim. James Hardie® offers an array of siding and trim products from which to choose. But don’t feel you have to make a drastic change. You may be fine with the color of your house, for example. Just by choosing a durable material you are making a great investment in your home.

Curb Appeal

White trim instantly adds brightness. HardiePlank® lap siding adds modern sophistication. It’s not hard to give an old house new life.
A house with curb appeal hits that sweet spot where classic beauty meets personal style. It’s a sum of multiple parts: architecture, landscape, color scheme, and accessories, such as outdoor lighting and furniture.
 
Siding can make all the difference when it comes to adding curb appeal, whether your goal is to transform your house or simply refresh it.
 
Available in dozens of textures and colors, James Hardie siding and trim products can help you take your house in any direction you choose.

Reduced Maintenance

Those who have lived with wood or vinyl siding know its limitations.Wood can split, crack and deteriorate. It also expands and contracts, making it difficult for paint to adhere to its surface for a long time. Vinyl siding can also crack and warp in extreme temperatures.

Engineered for Climate®, James Hardie products perform year after year, even when exposed to extreme weather. And when finished with ColorPlus® Technology, James Hardie products reduce the need for frequent touch-ups and re-painting because the color is baked-on and UV-ray resistant.

Sustainability

As a product leader in the building and construction industry, James Hardie recognizes its obligation to promote green living. And green living means building with products that stand the test of time.

James Hardie products are Engineered for Climate, so they have a longer life cycle than cheaper, less-durable products. ColorPlus® Technology reduces the need to re-paint frequently, resulting in fewer materials ending up in landfills.

James Hardie also reduces our environmental footprint by making our products with locally sourced, sustainable raw materials, such as cement, sand, wood fiber and water. We also have manufacturing facilities across the country, which allows us to reduce transport-related pollution.

Rebuilding After a Tragedy

Over the years we’ve seen homes ravaged by storms from New Orleans to New Jersey, and destroyed by tornados across the Midwest. Fires big and small wreak havoc on homes and lives.

James Hardie is committed to offering a stable product and a new beginning to those who have suffered a staggering blow such as a storm or fire. Years of engineering the highest quality product make James Hardie an excellent partner in protecting or rebuilding your home.

Know your Re-Side Lingo

The world of architecture and exterior design can throw an awful lot of unfamiliar vocabulary your way. Get to know your fascia and friezes, and trust us, your project will go a lot smoother. Plus, your contractor will be impressed.
Exposure
Sometimes referred to as a reveal, exposure is the visible space between the bottoms of adjacent rows of siding.
Gables
A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of a dual-pitched roof.
Soffit
The soffit is the underside of any construction element. The word is also used to describe the material used to cover the exposed surface beneath the overhang of a roof.
Fascia
A fascia is a band that runs horizontally under the edge of a roof. On a house, it is the fascia that usually caps the ends of rafters and sometimes holds the gutter.
Weather Barrier
Weather barrier, or housewrap, covers a structure’s exterior prior to siding installation. It prevents rain from getting into the walls, while allowing water vapor to escape.
Friezes
A frieze is an ornamental horizontal band that appears on the exterior walls of a building or house, usually near the roofline.

Know your Options

James Hardie products are available in a plethora of colors and textures. HardiePlank® lap siding, for example, comes in smooth finish or with a woodgrain texture, while HardieShingle® siding mimics cedar shingles. Our ColorPlus Technology finishes open a huge door to color options. Read more about our many products.

Things to Consider

Why ColorPlus® Technology

ColorPlus Technology is specially formulated to resist fading caused by UV rays. ColorPlus Technology is also baked-on, making it resistant to peeling like field paint does, and you’ll get a 15-year limited warranty that covers both paint and labor. Finally, James Hardie enlisted a professional color expert to create our beautiful and foolproof palette.

Learn more about ColorPlus® Technology

Design Ideas

There are many factors to consider when choosing new siding for your home. Your house’s architecture and roof color (as well as your neighbors’ homes) are a few that you may not be able to change easily. But other factors, such as curb appeal, color, and landscaping, leave more to the imagination.

Tips for Color

1.  Don't be afraid to use bold siding color.
2.  Don't be afraid to opt for a neutral, either.
3.  Keep it simple.
4.  Think about how your house fits into a streetscape or community.