Do you ever feel overwhelmed by everything you have to get done in a day? Life is filled with tasks like maintaining a job, cleaning, cooking, exercising, taking care of kids, attending sporting events, hanging out with friends, handling paperwork, and the list goes on and on. As a homeowner, you also have the added pressure of maintaining your greatest investment—your home.
We understand the frustration wrought by all the maintenance a home can need. Being a responsible homeowner can sometimes require work. To help remediate this problem, our team at Lakeside Renovation & Design specializes in installing James Hardie fiber cement siding, a low-maintenance and durable siding option.
How Is Hardie Siding Low Maintenance?
The maintenance of your siding can fall into three basic categories—cleaning, upkeep, and repairs. Every siding type will require some extent of each of these tasks, but we want to show you why Hardie siding makes each one of these categories easier for homeowners.
Siding needs to be cleaned. Removing built-up dust, dirt, and other debris makes your home look better and protects your siding from damage or water intrusion.
The benefit of Hardie siding is that it is extremely easy to clean. When the product becomes dirty, it simply needs to be washed down with soapy water.
To properly clean Hardie fiber cement siding, you will need:
- Mild dish soap
- Non-abrasive rag or sponge
- Water hose
Work from top to bottom when cleaning your siding. Begin by spraying the surface thoroughly. Then simply scrub the siding with a soapy rag in a horizontal motion and rinse clean. It’s that simple.
Make sure to use only James Hardie approved cleaning methods to keep your product performing and all warranties intact.
The upkeep of a siding will vary with each siding type, but this category covers painting or staining materials, caulking areas that need to be sealed, preventing damage from occurring, and inspecting boards for damage.
Hardie siding makes this process much simpler.
While it’s important to inspect your exterior at least once a year, Hardie products do not require the same level of upkeep as other materials. James Hardie’s patented, factory-painted ColorPlus Technology uses a baked-on color that resists fading from UV rays and won’t chip or crack. These boards give you a more vibrant, lasting color that doesn’t need to be touched up as often. They are even backed by a 15-year limited warranty on color.
However, as with all sidings, we recommend trimming trees and bushes that may come in contact with your siding, adjusting sprinkler systems to spray away from your home, and maintaining intact and clean gutters to maximize your siding’s lifespan.
3. Repair or Replacements
Perhaps the most noteworthy benefit of Hardie siding is its durability. The product is:
- Engineered for Climate
- Able to withstand impact from hail
In other words, Hardie siding is built to last and tolerate whatever nature throws its way. It is less likely than other sidings to need repair work, which can save you in the long run. And it tends to require fewer replacements.
Because it is Engineered for Climate, your specific siding is tailored to perform in your region. St. Louis Hardie siding will work well in the hot and humid summer months and combat the hail, rain, and snow that comes the rest of the year without swelling and cracking during temperature changes. It can better face the impact of hail and harsh wind debris.
Overall, you’ll see less of a need for repairs and replacements with Hardie siding, which saves you time, money, and heartache overall.
Learn more about your options with Hardie siding in our “James Hardie Siding Guide.”
Low Maintenance without Compromise
Having a low-maintenance siding is a great additional homeowner benefit. However, the two biggest factors that typically drive the siding decision-making process are style and quality. As we’ve mentioned, Hardie siding is impeccably durable and protects your home for decades. On top of that, it is a gorgeous product that can add great value to your home.
Every HardiePlank is specially designed to look like wood. HardiePlanks come in a wide range of colors and styles that work in tandem to create a custom-made exterior.
Additional Low-Maintenance Solutions
James Hardie also manufactures trim and soffits. These additional siding products work to protect your exterior beyond just the siding itself. They are as durable as Hardie siding, with the same low-maintenance benefits.
Making Home Maintenance Easier
You deserve to have a home that brings you joy. A home you love that doesn’t stress you out with high levels of maintenance. You have enough to do. Replacing your siding for Hardie siding is a great place to start.
We are a James Hardie Elite Preferred remodeler. With our ongoing training and commitment to excellence, you can feel confident that our team at Lakeside Renovation & Design will leave your home with an immaculate siding installation that will protect it for years to come.
When you’re ready to make your home maintenance a little easier, contact our team for a free quote.