At EMA Construction we specialize in James Hardie and cedar siding products. Lately, we’ve noticed some common questions about James Hardie siding and so we’ve decided to answer them. The top searched questions among them are:
- What colors does James Hardie siding come in?
- Can James Hardie siding be painted? Can You Paint James Hardie? Is James Hardie Siding Paintable?
- Does James Hardie siding need to be painted?
- Does James Hardie siding need to be primed?
So we’ll answer these in order:
What Colors Does James Hardie Siding Come in?
This is a relatively straightforward question and to some extent negates some of the others. James Hardie comes in a wide variety of colors. You can use the James Hardie website to see the full range. When you place your order the siding will arrive in the color you selected so it will not require priming or painting just installation. Installation of James Hardie should always be handled by a professional.
Can James Hardie Siding Be Painted? Can You Paint James Hardie? Is James Hardie Siding Paintable?
The short answer is yes. However, it depends on why you’re asking. If you’re worried about normal wear and tear such as chipping, peeling, and fading then you don’t need to worry about that. James Hardie has a six-step process to ensure that their ColorPlus Technology has significantly greater longevity than painted wood or vinyl. However, if you decide that you want to change the color of your house, then James Hardie can be painted but even a professional paint job by a contractor is unlikely to hold up as well as the factory ColorPlus Technology from James Hardie.
Does James Hardie Siding Need to Be Painted?
This question also requires a nuanced answer. If the question is, “do I have to paint it myself?” then the answer is no. James Hardie will arrive in the color you ordered it in. If the question is, “does James Hardie need to be painted in order to protect it?” then the answer is no. James Hardie fiber cement is durable whether it comes painted or not. It also retains paint longer than regular wood.
Does James Hardie Siding Need To Be Primed?
Similar to the previous question, James Hardie will come primed or painted as you specify so you do not necessarily need to prime it yourself. However, if you have untreated James Hardie and you intend to paint it then it is wise to prime it first.
We hope these answers help as you consider investing in James Hardie siding. For a free quote in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area for James Hardie or cedar siding on your home contact EMA Construction today.