Houston is booming again! Exxon’s new headquarters being built in The Woodlands and the New Grand Parkway project is linking Houston suburbs as we continue to sprawl outward. And that’s just two of the biggest projects going on right now.
- Remodeling with Hardiplank Siding
- Resistant to Bugs, Termites, Rodents
- Impact Resistant, Fire Resistant, Rot Proof
- Real Wood Look – Concrete/Fiber Cement Performance
People all around the Nation are moving here for our economy and available jobs. We need to have homes available for them to move in to and that means new homes are being built and pre-owned homes are being remodeled with new siding and paint as well as other home improvements.
With new homes, the builders are making a smart choice this time around. They are siding the homes with Hardiplank. Houston builders realized that the paper based Masonite and the chip board OSB do not last in our climate. So new homes are getting James Hardie Hardie Plank siding.
Remodeling with Hardiplank Houston
Homes built 15 plus years ago did not have the option to use fiber cement yet. The builders in Houston over the years (the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s used wood) and the remodelers in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s used Masonite and OSB. They did not have the modern materials available that we do now.
That’s the reason your home has termites in the siding and siding that is so soft you can poke your finger through it. When the protective layer of paint wears away, rain gets in and rot starts. Pests love that moist, warm environment and your siding quickly deteriorated.
Fiber – Cement – Siding, ’nuff said!
When you take natural organic fibers and combine with cement made from finely ground sand and proprietary (secret) binders, you get Fiber Cement. Concrete based siding! Bugs? Last time I checked, bugs don’t eat concrete! Fire? Nope, it won’t burn either. Wind? Impacts? When you install Hardiplank Houston, you are making your home last much longer because you are eliminating those concerns from your worries.
What’s Available in Hardiplank?
Hardie plank, while used as a generic term, actually just refers to the lap siding…usually horizontally hung and overlapping siding. But, James Hardie makes a variety of siding and trim products so that you can basically eliminate all wood products from the exterior of your home. They have panels in 8×10 sheets and larger for covering homes with that style siding. Trim is available in various thicknesses and widths to take care of the corner trim, fascia and other trim out pieces.
The panels are also available with a stucco finish and with fish scale styling to accommodate the different eras of homes available around Houston. Like Craftsman, Tudor, Modern and Contemporary styles. Even Victorian styles like you commonly see in The Heights.
But, Concrete is Smooth. What about my Rough Sawn Cedar Siding?
Hardie fiber cement products are textured to look like real wood. There are deeply embossed wood grain planks and rough-sawn cedar styles as well as smooth styles. All are available with a tough, factory applied primer finish. Factory priming means less mess in the field (your home) and means a consistent, evenly applied coat that paint sticks to!
James Hardie also has a complete line of factory painted colors available so that even more time is saved in the field with set-up and clean-up. For customers this means the contractor is finished sooner and your home is finished quickly!
DIY or General Contractor Installation?
This depends on your time available and the skills you have. But, there are a few things to know first. Fiber cement is heavy. That means you need to have strong crew members experienced in handling and hanging hardiplank siding. Equipment is another matter. Special blades are required and special nails and nail guns should be used. You won’t be hand nailing hardiplanks. Always download the correct installation spec sheets for your region before you decide to go it alone.
For a more professional installation, rely on factory trained teams of hardie plank siding installers. Save On Siding has the crews with the experience required to put your siding on correctly…so it stays there! They know how to handle it and they know how to cut it. They’ve installed thousands and thousands of board feet of hardie over the years.
Your Next Step?
Request QuoteYour next step should be to call for a free estimate. Jeff Ludy and company can visit your home, acurately measure and produce an estimate of the materials and labor required to complete your siding replacement project. We serve the entire Houston area and specialize in remodeling older homes with wood, masonite or OSB siding. We are insured and come well recommended. We are also trained in detecting and mitigating lead paint…something no DIY client should attempt themselves.
How is Hardie Plank Made?
Watch this manufacturer’s video to learn more about how the hardiplank products are manufactured.