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Frequently Asked Questions About Fiber Cement Siding

When working on a new fiber cement siding project, many customer questions may arise. It can be a difficult process finding the right answers to all of your questions.  Below are the most frequently asked homeowner's questions. If you don't find the answer to your questions, please call us or book a free consultation.

First Coast Siding is proud to be a part of the Hardie Alliance Preferred Installer program. This program ensures that Preferred contractors consistently demonstrate high standards in quality, professionalism, and customer satisfaction.

You will be working with the team at First Coast Siding to choose the paint color, texture and design of the siding, and we use only James Hardie products including HardiePlank® Lap Siding, HardiePanel® Vertical Siding, HardieTrim® Boards and/or HardieSingle@ Siding. Our project managers will purchase all the materials needed for the project.

The first thing our team will do is replace all the bad wood and make sure we have a corrected smooth substrate to install over.  After that, we will install the dry-in (HardieWrap) and metal around the bottom of the substrate (this is to protect from water splashing back up and damaging the wood substrate).  Next, we will install peel and stick tape around your windows for extra dry-in protection.  After these steps are performed the new Hardie trim is installed using stainless steel finish nails.  Hardie siding is installed after the trim is installed.  After our siding crew is completed with installing the siding, our painting crew will arrive onsite and prep your house for caulking and painting.  After all this is completed, you get to enjoy your new beautiful exterior!

We will give you a detailed estimate of the cost for the project, that includes labor and materials based on an accurate estimate of the project. After a needs assessment is performed on your home, we will give you options on what we recommend you do to address your existing conditions on your home.

It depends on the area and the wholesale market, but in general, James Hardie siding is less expensive than vinyl, brick, or synthetic stucco.

We use the same Manufacture for trim, James Hardie, that we use for the siding. We use HardieTrim.

The products will be cut with professional cutting tools following the manufacture guidelines so that the fit and finish are smooth and perfect.

The products will be installed using fasteners approved by the manufacture. This ensures long-lasting durability and is covered under warranty.

Founder and President Chris Lentzke documented these photos when working as an expert witness in a Hardie installation defect litigation claim. The photos are examples of why you want to hire a professional siding contractor like us! These construction installation defects are due to not proper installation quality control and not following the manufacturer specifications.

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