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3 “Problems” With James Hardie Siding

February 19, 2024
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3 Potential Problems With James Hardie Siding
In Wasatch Front & How We Avoid The

Every Exterior Product Has Its Potential Downsides
& James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Is No Exception.


We’re big fans of James Hardie siding, and we recommend it to most of the Wasatch Front homeowners we serve.

That said, even a material as tried-and-true as James Hardie fiber cement siding does have some potential pitfalls–especially if your installers don’t know what they’re doing.

That’s why we put together this list of issues that can come up with James Hardie siding and how we avoid them altogether.


#1: It’s Difficult To Install & Definitely NOT For Amateurs

Probably the biggest reason for James Hardie siding going awry is poor installation practices. James Hardie fiber cement siding is a LOT trickier to install than vinyl siding.

Unfortunately, a lot of contractors either don’t know that or choose to ignore it, so they take on a James Hardie install without being fully prepared or educated on the material.

This is a recipe for disaster!

If not properly adhered, the panels of your siding can fall off your home. Even if they remain intact, there can be gaps and other holes where water can penetrate and wreak havoc on the wooden components of your home.

That’s why you should ONLY entrust your siding installation to skilled professionals who are educated on the product’s installation standards and Obsessed With The Details.

There’s just no room for error with a product like James Hardie.


#2: It’s A Little Bit More Expensive Than Vinyl Siding

We’ve said it before, but the best value is not the same as the best price. This is very much the case when it comes to James Hardie and vinyl siding.

There is no question about it, James Hardie siding costs a little bit more than vinyl, but it’s also the better VALUE.

Why is that?

It’s because James Hardie fiber cement siding lasts SO much longer than vinyl siding–potentially more than TWICE as long.

Not only that, but James Hardie siding is also MUCH more durable than vinyl and holds up better against harsh winds and hail.

So, in terms of longevity and peace of mind, there’s no doubt about it. James Hardie is the better value.


#3: Why You Need An Elite Preferred Installer For James Hardie

Because James Hardie siding is a more technically-difficult product to install, it helps to hire a contractor who knows the material like the back of their hand.

More importantly, you want a contractor who James Hardie has deemed good enough to install their fine product the RIGHT way.

That’s why you should choose an Elite Preferred Installer (like RGS Exteriors) for your siding installation project.

Elite Preferred Installers are able to offer their best Lifetime Warranty, one of the best in the industry.

And at RGS Exteriors, preserving your warranties and installing your exterior products RIGHT is what we’ve done for 70 years.


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Get In Touch With RGS Exteriors To Request A Consultation!

If you are a Wasatch Front homeowner in need of detail-obsessed exterior contracting services, look no further than RGS Exteriors.

Give us a call at (801) 997-6616 or get in touch with us here….