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We had our home re-sided in the fall of 2012 using a combo of Hardie shingles and plank. We had a hail storm in June of this year that devastated this area of Colorado - over $35,000 in damage to our home, close to $18,000 to our car and truck and $0 to our Hardie siding. Not a mark, my parents home required extensive work and paint (not Hardie). More than pleased with one exception, at 6 years the siding is starting to “chalk” on east and south facing sides. I was hoping for 10 years before needing to paint. I know, this is the front range of Colorado but I believed the hype! Looks like paint next summer before the siding has a chance to take on water and begins to fail. Not the best outcome but the compliments about the look of our home says a lot.
Had ColorPlus siding installed on our home in 2010 to avoid having to paint. South side of house gets sun all day in Colorado, and is faded beyond belief after 8 yrs. Product sold with 30 year guarantee. No way will anyone from James Hardie address the issue. They won't even come out without a tedious process of submitting pictures, forms, etc to them. Such poor customer service and such a poor product. Extremely dissatisfied. Will not ever recommend this siding to anyone!
After my house was impacted by fire, I was convinced by my contractor to upgrade my siding from the original vinyl to James Hardie Siding. It was the biggest mistake of my life. You absolutely need a certified installer as there are many subtle installation errors that will not only void the warranty, but cause the siding to become unsightly very fast. Despite the company's attempt to convey the product as a premium material with strength and beauty, it is the exact opposite. My siding contractor read the instructions but was reluctant to spend the time painting all of the cut edges that obviously removes the critical paint and allows an area for water to be absorbed. The the fact that there is fiber in the fiber cement is why it loves to soak up water. My contractor actually tried to fool me by painting all the seams after it was installed. It's that big of a pain.
After the contractor did this (other things) I caught him and he walked off the job with the siding job incomplete. He couldn't make any money because the time and diligence to do it correctly was extremely high. I had six other contractors tell me that they would not complete the job because James Hardie is very particular to put up and it would be easier to rip off and replace rather than fix. Also, even when it is finished, you need to caulk and paint the product.
This unfinished siding sat on my house and became an extreme eyesore in the neighborhood for 7 long additional months. I finally did the right thing and installed a very durable vinyl. It looks great. Beware of the extremely high cost of installation, the need for certified installers, inability to fix problems, the large susceptibility to water (which is it they require such care to install), the need to caulk and paint (which is very expensive) and the periodic maintenance required. This stuff is all Hype. Don't be fooled. It added a lot of stress to my life and cost me a lot of money.
We used the Mountain Sage Color Plus siding from James Hardie for our new home in 2009. After several years we noticed blotchy faded patches on siding all over the house, primarily on the areas that get the most sun. We chose this product because we believed the company claims that "ColorPlus® Technology is specifically engineered to help resist damaging UV rays, so your color will stay vibrant for longer. (James Hardie website). Not true. When I discussed the problem with the assigned claims agent, she "suggested" we must have touched up the faded areas ourselves. She then told me that the warranty does not cover this problem. Never use this product! We will have to spend thousands of dollars to repaint our entire house. The claims process was totally unsatisfying and the ColorPlus product is not as advertised.
I installed Hardie planks with color plus expecting a beautiful finished look. I was wrong. Within a year the finish started peeling and fading a ways in multiple spots. I placed a claim with manufacturing only to hear they don't warranty this type of issue. They stated it had an issue related to the installer. Easy way to pass on their responsibility. There's a neighbor down the street with the same issue too. Don't buy this product. It is not worth it!!! I have never wrote a review on a product but this company is so bad I have to warn the public.
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Had ColorPlus siding installed to avoid painting. The color started fading in patches after 1 year and continued to spread. Made claim with Hardie but they only warranty chipping, cracking and scaling. There is zero warranty on the color of ColorPlus. Don't waste the extra money. I ended up painting the whole house after 6 yrs.
I purchased Color Plus because it was touted as a superior product and Hardie claims the paint will last longer than a typical paint job. What a lie. My product was professionally installed according to Hardie specifications 5 years ago. Now, there is water staining at EVERY JOINT in the siding. Hardie says the product is not defective and is not covered by warranty. How can it not be defective? I spoke to the warranty department and they will not take any responsibility for this. First they blamed it on my contractor, then they said it's because the joints were "touched up". The joints were not touched up. They are still exactly as installed except that they are stained, more like bleached, at every joint.
They offered me a token $1800 painting voucher and wanted me to sign off saying this satisfied my complaint. What a joke. It would cost almost $10,000 to paint my house (everything is more expensive in Hawaii). WHAT A DISHONEST COMPANY. They don't disclose to consumers that this can happen, and deny that it's a product defect. I see from these reviews that there are many people with the same issues. I also see from a quick internet search that there have been several Class Action Suits filed against James Hardie company. I am going to start looking into that.
We, like the majority of you, have had a TERRIBLE experience with Hardie Siding. We bought our brand new KB Home in the fall of 2012. The salesman couldn't tell us enough how GREAT this ColorPlus stuff was... it was a HUGE selling point. We were VERY intrigued with the thought of an exterior that would need NO maintenance (ie: painting) for AT LEAST 15 YEARS!! Well what a crock of ** that was.
In the spring of 2016 (after not even 4 years of ownership) we noticed the siding looks like it's oxidizing (like aluminum siding would do... it's a powdery look but doesn't wipe off like aluminum siding would). We had a rep from Sherwin ** out (Valspar is the paint that Hardie used, but the hubby has a connection through work) and were informed it's a PH burn. A PH burn is when the acidity level rises in the cement board and begins to burn through the paint from the backside out. It looks absolutely HORRIBLE to be only 5-1/2 years old.
We then reached out to Hardie... had their reps out... filed the claim, and were turned down. Despite the fact that they claim NO RESPONSIBILITY for this, we were also offered the minuscule "payoff" of @ $1,500 if we had the house painted immediately. We then had to send them the proof of the painting before we would receive the payment. But I've read that others have done this and no payment was ever received. We essentially gave up as they make it a very painstaking process.
So, here we are now, saving up money to have our 5-1/2 year old house painted to the tune of @ $5,000. We basically have to have it painted twice because we have to put a primer on it to keep the PH from burning through again. I have made it my mission to let any and everyone know about this shoddy product and business. I DO NOT... NOR WILL I EVER RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY OR PRODUCT. I would love to get in on one of the class action suits... even if it would take years and years to see any result (if any), just to see them have to make it right or at the very least accept responsibility for this.
Been trying to get ahold of the local rep around Spokane on a warranty issue and can't get any response. Have emailed and corporate with no luck. They will tell you till blue in the face that someone will contact and they never do. Bad water and mold issues behind properly installed Hardie.
Not long after installing them some of our siding was peeling. Wrote to James Hardie and nothing was done. I have had the house painted several times and have had to replace several boards because once water gets in it turns to mush. I would never recommend any products from this company as they do not stand behind them. I went with this product because they claimed that paint would last 15 years give or take. It would have been ok if it was just peeling paint after 5-10 years but the product absorbs water like a sponge and falls apart. Now I am faced with having to reside my home. Will stay as far away from James Hardie Products as possible.
We chose James Hardie Color Plus siding when residing our house, which is near the ocean. A very harsh environment. We were told that the prefinished product was warrantied and that it wouldn't have to be painted for some time. That was in 2010. Last year large patches of the siding began turning from Khaki brown to green. After sending someone to look at the property I heard nothing from James Hardie. Now two months later I called to find out the status of my claim, only to be told they were going to do nothing! Which apparently also includes not letting me know that. Clearly their product is a waste of money, as it is not a premium product. Should have bought a cheaper product and used the savings to repaint the whole house as I'm going to have to do now.
We had this siding put on our house back in 2003 and have had to repaint the house almost yearly. It is 2017, and parts of the siding have decayed, rotted, fallen off, split and now creating a whole new set of problems. We did buy the planks primed and according to the "warranty" had it installed by a licensed contractor. We paid a fortune for this product but definitely not worth 1 penny of the cost. Never again. Vinyl is the best feasible, long term, no hassle way to go.
I've installed Hardie siding for years and have it on my own house. It's not my favorite stuff to cut or install but done properly it's far better than anything else. A few things I've learned about installing is keeping the exposed face at 6.5" or less at 7". It only has 1.25" under the next row and with that little it doesn't hold the board tight to the wall and it flops around being brittle it will come loose, more so if time isn't taken by the installer to keep the nails as low as possibly without them showing so it pulls the bottom back, and the gun pressure can't be too high or it fractures and loosens and the studs need to be hit or the nail head will sink and fracture and it will come loose, just like in the picture where its face nailed the heads are sunk in because nails didn't hit a stud so even face nailing won't help if it doesn't hit a stud.
The seams are tough because a stud is 1.5" wide and at best you have 3/4" of stud. Try and hit and shooting 8d nails a 1 1/2" from edge is as close as you want to go. The closer you get the higher the chance it will fracture and shooting on a angle doesn't work in that brittle board, I've had to get creative and use my 15ga finish nailer on butt joints to putting caulk behind each edge to help hold it back, or predrill close to the edge and hand nailing that carefully or use stainless trim head screws that make their own hole and the grab, plus the screw just needs to grab sub siding and not a stud to hold.
Most installers are all about speed and I don't blame them. It's a tough market and the faster it gets done the more they profit or even make a profit. Bottomline Hardie siding lasts. It holds paint for years and is pretty much maintenance free but the reason for that is it's a cement product so there is the trade off but the installer needs to charge more for the job and take the time to do it right or quit installing that kind of product. It will last forever if done right, if any of that other stuff had the same advantages and still cut and installed at the same pace then everyone would be using that but isn't there always trade offs for these wonder products. Spend a little more money and time and maybe paint it again in 20 or 30 years or get the other stuff and paint it every five and replace it in 20 or 30 years.
We used Hardie siding on our house in 1998. We used prepainted and only had to finally paint it last year. Almost 20 years before paint needed. We live in middle Tennessee where we have four seasons so we expect rain and snow and sun and lots of humidity. Still no problem. Now we are building another house and will use Hardie Board siding again. Monterey Taupe is the color we have selected and we are excited to use this product again.
This issue was resolved. Contractor was back out and touched up the areas that were spotty. It once again looks wonderful. That was the only issue we had. Everything else about the product was great. Our electric bill has been reduced.
Early 2017 we had Hardie plank lap siding installed. It was prepainted and while it was beautiful the first month or two, within a week or two of hot weather, large spots started appearing. They are now on every wall and look horrible. I am working with the contractor to resolve and it sounds like they will have to repaint where the spots appear. So now I'm looking at 3/4 of the house needing paint. Had I known this would be an issue I would have ordered the primed boards and had it painted.
I strongly do not recommend anyone using the Hardieplank siding with their ColorPlus paint job pre-applied before shipping of product. My home was built in 2010 and my builder said he was being given an extra incentive if I would use Hardieplank siding on my home. I read about it and chose it primarily for the 15 year paint warranty. Well, I am at the 7 year mark from when it was installed. I have significant paint fading all over my almost 2000 square foot cape cod style home. It is visible from the street and my home now needs to be repainted which will cost me out of pocket $5000-$6000 minimally.
I filed a warranty claim with James Hardie and sent it pictures. My claim was denied (which I have read is quite common), but offered a $1500 voucher towards paint if I had the house painted within 180 days. I don't have $5000-6000 dollars right now. If I signed their agreement, I would also lose any legal recourse now and in the future so in effect would be signing away my legal rights. No way. There is a class action lawsuit awaiting certification on my issue and several others. Lawyers are waiting on the judge's decision. I have already been in touch with one of the plantiff's attorneys to discuss my case and will be watching for the decision VERY closely.
It is shameful for James Hardie to say their ColorPlus paint job has a 15 year warranty, but when you have obvious fading over the entire house (and the entire house does not get direct sunlight), forget it. You are on your own. Shameful company. Stay away and don't end up with my problem and many others that are well documented.
We built our home in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2002 using Hardie siding for the entire house. The house location is on a bluff over looking Cape Cod Bay. As such, the east winds bring in a lot of moisture and some salt air. We have had many winter nor'easters with winds of 60-90 miles/hr and with a lot of snow, sleet and rain. In the summer the weather is usually not hot, but there can be a lot of humidity. The Hardie siding was painted by our contractor and not at the factory.
We have been 100% satisfied with our siding. It has not cracked, disintegrated, peeled or been damaged in any way. Believe it or not, there has been absolutely NO need to repaint the siding -- it is as good as new. In contrast, the pine wood trim around the windows has been repainted every 4-5 years for windows facing the ocean needing to have the pine wood trim replaced with vinyl siding due to decay of the wood. I cannot explain why some other reviewers have had bad experiences with Hardie siding, but I am guessing that poor installation contributed to their problems.
Once I finally got the Hardie Company's attention, they have been very responsive. They sent an arbitrator to look at the siding and have offered a settlement. It's interesting to note, they continue to claim there is no fault with the product, but offered a quick settlement which leads one to wonder. We will have to fund a good part of the cost of repairs. Again, getting the process started and getting them to admit the fact that the finish was deteriorating was not easy. They have been much better recently. As long as the settlement check arrives...
Purchased and renovated a home in 2007-08. Used Hardie Board for the entire outside. It was installed as directed. WAS pleased - Solid, quiet, insulating. BUT the guaranteed applied paint/finish has started to deteriorate (April 2017) - Meaning just disappear completely - In a couple of spots. I have tried to file a warranty claim because I'm afraid it will continue. The Hardie Company has done everything they can possibly do to make filing the claim excruciating. My claim has "Been submitted for review" but I hold little hope. DO NOT purchase this product. The surface does not hold up as promised and the company should be working for law enforcement - They are fantastic at throwing up road blocks. I live in the mountains of VA, so the weather is not too extreme. Not as advertised and not supported.
Hardie plank cement board stands up best and looks good, also comes pre-painted. Hardie plank is an upgrade over vinyl siding and looks much better. Pretty easy to cut and install. However, should include the saw blade for cutting when ordering large amounts of siding. Could also have the trim pieces in hardieplank siding? Or maybe a wood product made to use for the siding? So far HardiePlank siding still looks good and cleans well using a pressure washer, didn't have to use any soap. Resists damage from pests. House looks good compared to vinyl.
I am very happy with my James Hardie. It was very easy to install. It has a very nice texture so when I was finished installing my siding it was easy and a pleasure to paint. It took the paint well and was easy to cover. I have pressure washed it a couple of times and it seems to be holding up very well so therefore I am very satisfied.
It was fairly easy to install and looked very nice once it was completed. It looks professional and you could never tell that I did the siding myself. It is also very easy to clean, a simply spray with the garden hose cleans it. However, it was a tad bit expensive and I am on a budget. It also does chip easily which for the price didn't make me very happy.
The siding is eco-friendly since it uses renewable source. It looks great almost like wood, easy to paint and paint lasts longer. My painters were very happy that I chose this siding. Also, it is made locally which is a bonus. But they could make some more options with premade colors and making the siding even more realistic. Other than that, it is easy to care for and definitely less easily damaged than wood and especially vinyl siding. I have had it for 6 years and haven't had to do anything to it. So my experience has been great.
I like the look and feel of James Hardie Siding and how it made my home look. It can withstand the cold weather we have here in the Chicago area, but I wish this would have been available at a lower cost. Other than that, it was a nice and welcome addition to my home and I would definitely do this again with them.
Hardie board does not fall apart. I have had to replace wood siding with this Hardie board and am very happy with it as it is very substantial and sturdy. It was more expensive than the wood siding I originally used but well worth it as there is no buckling like with the wood and not affected by humidity or rain and comes with base coat. Perhaps it could come already painted and maybe in more sizes too. So far it has not required cleaning. It resists any damage and also seems to resist bugs.
Easy to install with many choices of precolored siding and different patterns to choose from. Locally made in Plant City, Florida. The product lives up to its promises as being the natural looking siding with lifetime quality. Siding looks perfect on our house and will never have to worry about the product ever rotting out or getting termites in it. Also, the cleaning process is easy with a power washer. Would be proud to recommend this product for anyone.
It is easy to install and had a good price. I plan to buy and install it in future homes. Maintenance is easy to be done as well as cleaning. It looks fantastic. All the family like how it looks and functions. It is also durable and made of high quality. Everything worked great and in good condition. This is what I have been looking for to install and I would not consider other products instead of it. It is a highly recommended product.
We liked that it is very long lasting, very durable, and had a nice selection of colors. The pricing was well within our budget and we shopped around a lot of brands including discount wholesale stores. We also used matching Hardie board on our additional shed so that it would match the house and look just as good. So far we like everything about the siding. We shopped online for some pre-information and later shopped at a few stores and everything was just as it was represented online as far as value, price and looks. There were lots of colors to choose from which was a concern with some of the other brands because we wanted something that would blend well with our existing stucco on the front of the house. The siding has held up well to the elements. We can pressure wash it and it looks good as new. Also stands up to hurricane force winds with no problem.
I like that it's simple and straightforward to install. Also, it is nice that there are good power tools to work with it. All in all, it works well. It's keeps water away from the house and it is fairly tough. I only had two small complaints. First, a better way to seal the ends and joints would have been nice, but I can't think of any at the moment. The second issue I had was that since it is a type of cement product, the corners and edges were prone to crushing if I got a little too close to them with a nail and I guess it's not exactly a unique look. When I was done it had a really nice clean look. It painted well. It is easy to clean, but you have to make sure you never spray in an upward direction if you are using a pressure washer. Since it is cement it is pretty dang tough. It's pretty well resistant to dents and dings. If you do damage it though, it can be a real hassle to fix. No harder than most other systems, I suppose.
Quality was a priority for the makes of this product. Handsome, easy to clean, resists damage and was the type of product I was looking for and chose after much research into this industry. I love how my house look with this product in place and would use it again. They were helpful and went out of their way to make sure I was helped and knew how to do everything in order to make things work on this project. I was really pleased with the product and would recommend it to people seeking to do the same work on their house as this was a great product to use for the project I used it for.
Fiber cement is an excellent firm and good quality, long-term work, would never deteriorate. Something which is going to last - they did work on time and I am satisfied. However sometimes you see indifference of firm representatives to client specific customized desires. Excellent look - nice and tidy, looking perfect... No need to redo it. Looks like it is going to stay. James Hardie is prestigious firm and something which would guarantee result.
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James Hardie Industries Ltd. manufactures concrete fiber siding. The company has roots going back to 1888 and is headquartered in Ireland. Hardie products are available in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United States.
Material: James Hardie siding is made of concrete fiber, which is specifically designed to withstand the effects of weather and temperature changes. This material is not attractive to any pests, so it will not be damaged by termites, woodpeckers or other animals.
Fire resistance: James Hardie siding is not combustible; therefore, it won’t add fuel to a fire. It slows down fires that start outside the home, giving residents additional time to evacuate. Many insurance companies offer a discount on homeowners policies if the home has James Hardie siding.
ColorPlus® Technology: Consumers can choose to have their siding finished with a paint with ColorPlus® Technology before it is delivered to them. This manufacturer applies the paint to all surface areas and warranties it against peeling, chipping or cracking for 15 years.
Free sample: Interested consumers can visit the James Hardie website to request free samples of the company’s siding. They can receive three samples in the colors and textures of their choice.
Weather barrier: The company also manufactures HardieWrap weather barriers. This product creates an additional barrier between the home’s interior and exterior. Weather barriers help keep out moisture and improve insulation.
Best for: anyone looking for long-lasting siding.
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