Only the finest raw materials are used in James Hardie fiber-cement (HardiePlank, HardieShingle, and HardiePanel). Premium Portland Cement, finely-ground sand, natural cellulose fibers, and water are combined and cured through a proprietary manufacturing process into the most durable siding.
James Hardie Industries was founded in Australia in 1888 and began selling cement products in 1903. The company opened its first US manufacturing plant in Fontana, California in 1989. Most James Hardie products installed in the St. Louis metropolitan area are manufactured at a modern plant in Peruque, IL. Hardieplank is now manufactured in eight plants in the US and has been installed on over 5.5 million homes.
In most cases, the existing siding is removed. An underlayment to protect against moisture infiltrations is first applied to the exterior of the house, then the HardiePlank, HardieShingles, or HardiePanels are nailed to the existing structure. No nails are visible on HardiePlanks or HardieShingles.
Yes, James Hardie offers four types of panels to accomodate architectural styles including Tudor and stucco that do not use lap-style siding.
We have learned that many of our customers have realized significant homeowners insurance savings with the masonry based fiber-cement siding. However, not all insurance companies discount for this.
No. Hardieplank siding weighs 2.3 lbs per square foot, which is about the same weight as 5/8 thick Sheetrock. Hardieplank is installed on load-bearing walls. It has been installed on over 5.5 million homes in the US and the weight of the product has never been an issue.
No. James Hardie siding products are environmentally friendly and safe. They contains no asbestos, glass fibers, or formaldehyde.
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