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Completed Project: James Hardie Siding Freshly Painted!
Here is a job we recently completed. We installed all-new prime James Hardie siding and trim, and Greg Richardson‘s custom painting came in behind us and painted all the new siding and trim.
To learn more about James Hardie products or to get a free quote visit: https://www.emasiding.com/james-hardie-siding-cincinnati
Work in Progress: Replacing Wood Siding with James Hardie
Here is some of our latest work. We have removed the old wood siding and are replacing it with James Hardie siding and trim!
Here is what the house looked like before:
As you can see, EMA Construction is hard at work removing the old siding and getting ready to install new James Hardie siding and trim:
To learn more about James Hardie products or to get a free estimate for you home contact EMA Construction today!
Before-and-After: James Hardie Siding in Khaki Brown
Before (left) – After (right)
Video: How Much Does James Hardie Siding Cost?
How to Finish Cedar Siding
The phrase that comes to mind when we think of cedar is “natural beauty.” Yet, many people ask us how to finish, seal, stain, and/or paint their cedar. Cedar is an investment and in order to get the most enjoyment out of it you’ll want to protect it and keep it looking good for years to come.
Before we dive in too deep, we want to remind you of related articles that we’ve published in the past:
- Cedar Siding Maintenance
- Cedar Siding Frequently Asked Questions
- 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Cedar Siding
- How Long Does Cedar Siding Last?
- How to Use Cedar to Accent Your Home
- Cedar Siding: Paint, Stain, or leave it alone?
- How to Keep Your Cedar Siding Looking Like New
- Sealing Cedar Siding
If you still have questions then here are the big takeaways:
A natural look is best
Typically we advise against painting. Cedar expands and contracts all year long and paint comes off with relative frequency. If you want a painted look then perhaps a premium product like James Hardie siding that can imitate the appearance while lasting with a paint job. Leaving it natural or using a simple stain will give you the aesthetic benefits of cedar.
Cedar is naturally resistant to the elements
Much of the impulse to paint or finish cedar comes from a need to protect it. Cedar is naturally resistant to heat, cold, and insects. In fact, it offers insulation to your home when used as siding.
Clean it carefully
Cedar will start to weather and age as it gets older, this is natural, and for some, it is even a desirable look. If you want to clean it, it is essential not to use a power washer or any metal brushes on it as you may damage the wood. Cleaning can be a big job, but it can also make it last longer so it is best to have a professional handle this for you every few years or as needed.
A simple stain is best
Here is a photo from a house we remodeled in 2021. The cedar used in the entryway added some beautiful natural colors to the otherwise chromatic scheme of this home. However, once the cedar was installed we added a light stain to bring out a bit more of the color. As you can see, the wood grain still shows but so does that beautiful color.
If you’re interested in installing, maintaining, repairing, or updating cedar siding for your home then contact EMA Construction for a free estimate!
Completed Project: James Hardie siding and trim with cedar accents and a new roof!
After new James Hardie siding and trim, cedar accents, and a new roof.
How Long Does Cedar Siding Last?
Lately, we’ve been taking time to answer some of the most popular questions on the internet regarding our products. Cedar siding and cedar shakes are premium siding products and offer a natural beauty that is not easily imitated or replicated. But how long does it last?
The short answer is the cedar lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 years with some well-maintained cedar lasting as long as 70 years. While cedar offers many benefits to durability and insulation compared to something like vinyl siding, it also brings with it a bit more maintenance and up-front cost. Generally speaking, cedar outlasts stucco. It is comparable to log siding, but with less maintenance. It doesn’t last as long as natural stone or fiberglass, but it is more affordable. It is also worth noting that cedar, aside from looking great, is eco-friendly and naturally insect-resistant.
One challenge that you’ll have to weigh when choosing siding is whether you want to buy something cheaper that won’t require maintenance or last as long or whether you’re ready to invest in your home’s cosmetic, insulation and weather-proofing, and long-lasting natural beauty. If the latter sounds like you and you’re prepared to handle a moderate amount of maintenance then cedar is a great choice for your home or even just add some accent work to other siding.
If you’re interested in long-lasting cedar siding then contact EMA Construction today for a free quote on your home. We can handle the design, installation, ongoing maintenance, and repair for all of your cedar shakes and siding needs.
Work in Progress: James Hardie and New Roof in Lebanon, OH
What is James Hardie Siding?
Choosing new siding for your home is a huge decision. There are so many options, not just for material, but for brands, colors, contractors, and more. It can be a bit overwhelming. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most popular questions on the internet about James Hardie siding. For an overview of fiber cement siding, you may want to start with our 6 Frequently Asked Questions about Fiber Cement Siding.
What is James Hardie siding made of?
According to the James Hardie website, “Fiber cement is made up of a few simple ingredients: Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. However, the composition will change depending on the manufacturer. James Hardie’s formulation includes propriety additives that enhance the performance of the product.” That means that even if you’ve decided on fiber cement siding, there are advantages to choosing James Hardie above other options.
To see how it is made you can watch this video provided by James Hardie:
Where is James Hardie siding manufactured?
James Hardie materials are made in 11 manufacturing facilities in the United States with locations in Illinois, Flordia, Nevada, Txas, and Virginia. James Hardie operates globally and also has locations overseas. If you live in the United States and want to support U.S. workers then James Hardie is a great choice from manufacturing, front-office, all the way to your contractors.
Is James Hardie siding expensive?
This is a common question, but it is somewhat subjective. On the whole, James Hardie siding is considered relatively affordable. There are definitely cheaper options like vinyl which have a proportionate diminisnhing return on your investment. In terms of the cost-to-value ratio, James Hardie may be the best. It provides almost any look you want, is cheaper than other options like cedar, has a long life, is durable, helps with insulation, is resistant to sun and weather damage, and is paintable so you can transform your home’s appearance without even replacing siding.
Who sells James Hardie Siding?
As a premier brand, James Hardie can be purchased most place like Lowes or Home Depot, although it frequently takes a special order. Contractors who specialize in James Hardie products may have access to bulk discounts or special incentives that a do-it-yourself homeowner won’t have access to.
Is James Hardie siding waterproof and/or fire-rated?
James Hardie cement board is 100% waterproof. It has a naturally long life and, when installed properly, will protect your home from leaks and moisture build-up.
Is it fire-rated? The James Hardie website says, “While JamesHardie® products will not ignite when exposed to direct flame or contribute fuel to a fire, heat will transfer through them.” To learn more, visit the James Hardie Fire Prevention FAQ.
To learn more about James Hardie products visit the official site. If you’re interested in talking about James Hardie for your home or getting a free quote in the Greater Cincinnati area then contact EMA Construction today!
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