Advocate Roofing offers a variety of sidings for every climate and location. While vinyl and wood are two of the most popular choices, James Hardy Siding is fast becoming a favorite option, both for new homeowners and those seeking to renovate or retrofit existing ones. James Hardy has been producing fiber cement siding for over a century and was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal in 2013, making it the first fiber cement product to receive the honor. It is a vote of confidence for James Hardy siding, which is the siding of choice for homeowners and builders alike.
Made of fiber cement board, James Hardy Siding is available in different designs such as lap siding, shingles, vertical siding, boards, and panels. Each design comes in a variety of colors and textures to fit any type of house, whether it is inspired by modern minimalist designs, Hawaiian clapboard bungalows, or a typical rustic Cape Cod cottage. They may also be used to accentuate gables and windows or installed on eaves to protect against moisture and pests.
The secret to its versatility lies in the composition of the board itself. Fiber cement board is made of a combination of cement and cellulose, which is lighter than a concrete sheet of similar thickness and size. It is also easier to cut and install than concrete. James Hardy siding boards are likewise waterproof and rot- and termite-proof once painted. They also offer excellent fire protection and are rated for applications that are exposed to high temperatures, making them ideal for warmer climates where brush fires are a common risk.
James Hardy siding usually needs two people to install due to its weight. Cutting and shaping this kind of siding requires a heavy duty cutting blade for thinner sheets, and a mechanical saw. Proper spacing also needs to be observed as well as the use of the correct hot-dipped galvanized nails.
While fiber cement siding installation seems like a DIY project at first glance, it is always advisable to engage the services of a reputable siding contractor. This ensures that the siding is installed correctly, protecting your house and property from the elements and pests. Contractor installation also makes sure that it is compliant with James Hardy siding product warranties, transferring the liability for replacement from the homeowner to the contractor in case of damage or loss.
With operations centered in Illinois, Advocate Roofing helps homes and businesses all over the Midwest with their roofing, siding, and gutter installation and repair requirements. Send us a message or call us at 888-777-ROOF (7663) to get a detailed estimate or to schedule a house inspection.