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Take your Home Exterior from Ho-Hum to Wowza!

Take your Home Exterior from Ho-Hum to Wowza!

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Are you tired of your home's look?

Maybe your exterior siding is cracking, peeling, or fading.
Maybe it looks dated.
Maybe it’s not your style and doesn’t stand out from the neighbors around you.
Whatever your reason, we have good news!
Have you considered giving your dwelling a facelift?


If you’re thinking about remodeling your home’s exterior, it’s a great idea! Nothing makes your home’s curb appeal shoot through the roof, pun intended, like a good makeover.

Changing a Home's Exterior

The biggest question we hear from homeowners is, where do you start?

Changing your home’s outward appearance isn’t all that difficult, but it isn’t the typical DIY project. You can change your roof color, your siding, and your windows. Of these three home exterior options, the most difficult is probably the siding. There are so many choices, and it could make your head spin.

Finding Inspiration

If the Internet is useful for one thing, it is finding ideas. When it comes to finding a siding style you would love, thousands of websites can help!

On our website, you can use the James Hardie tools in our Design Center.
You can also get great ideas from sites like Pinterest, HGTV, and even Google images.

Think of it like getting a new hairstyle. You’re going to want pictures of what you like to show the professional.

Siding Options - Choosing Siding Material

Options abound when it comes to siding choices. Siding comes in real wood to wood look vinyl, metal, and fiber cement. Depending on where you live in the world, certain materials work better than others.

Vinyl Siding

The cheapest of options and doesn’t hold up that well because it’s plastic. Vinyl siding is very brittle. If a lawnmower throws a pinecone, you could be looking at having a hole in your siding.

Vinyl siding is also prone to melting. If you are an avid grillmaster, you must make sure your grill is far from the exterior wall. Vinyl siding also doesn’t protect you much, if at all, from forest fires if that is a concern.

Let’s count vinyl out. I mean, it’s made up of polyvinyl chloride. That doesn’t sound healthy.

Metal Siding

The biggest problem with metal siding is the cost! It is more expensive than other siding options.

Metal siding is low maintenance, damage, and fire-resistant. It takes a heck of an impact to dent, but it stays dented.

Metal siding comes prepainted with a baked-on coat, and if you ever want to change the color down the road, it is next to impossible to paint. This can be a problem with repairs, and as the color fades, any new siding will stick out like a sore thumb.

Another complaint we hear is that metal rusts. The Pacific NW gets a lot of rain, but this shouldn’t be of much concern if properly installed. Metal siding seams may be more apparent because they require caulking to prevent rust from forming.

A more significant problem would be how much metal siding blocks cellphone service. The new super-fast 5G that will be everywhere soon can’t penetrate metal siding. Even lower transmission bands are blocked in most homes with less than perfect signals. If you like your smartphone reception, look for a different option.

Wood Siding

Wood siding can last a lifetime with proper maintenance, like caulking, painting, or staining. Wood is a soft material and is easily damaged by the local Woody the Woodpecker and some insects. If you don’t keep on top of maintenance, your siding can crack, warp, or rot. But wood is a beautiful material.

You can get home exterior wood siding in Cypress, Cedar, Redwood, Pine, and engineered wood. Since the Pacific NW is so wet, we would recommend staying away from engineered wood. We’ve seen YouTube videos where engineered wood swells when placed in water in a couple of days. You don’t want your expensive siding popping off from swelling.

Fiber-Cement Siding

Ok, a little disclaimer here, we love and have installed a lot of fiber-cement siding.

Hardie Plank by James Hardie is very popular in the Pacific NW. Most homes you drive by in the Portland Metro area are clad in Hardie Plank and is the most popular brand of siding in America. All JH does is produce fiber-cement siding. They’re the experts.

Fiber-Cement Siding is Aesthetically Pleasing

James Hardie siding comes in a variety of colors and styles. Hardieplank Lap Siding is the traditional horizontal siding on many houses. You can also go with Hardie Shingle Siding, which gives the appearance of cedar shingles, without all the maintenance work. And finally, the Hadieplank Vertical Siding allows you to make your home yours design wise. If you can imagine it, you can build it with JH siding.

Fiber-Cement Siding is Durable

Insurance companies for years have loved Hardie siding. Not only for the looks but because of its durability. They rarely have insurance claims from even the largest hail storms or wildfires. Not much affects this cement-based product. This siding has a long lifespan and can be repainted in the future. Fiber-cement siding is resistant to warping and rotting, plus insects and critters don’t like it either.

Fiber-Cement Siding Price

While not as cheap as vinyl siding, fiber-cement siding is competitively priced compared to wood or metal siding. Installation isn’t complicated, but you do need an experienced professional.

Fiber-Cement Siding Color

Jame’s Hardie offers factory painted siding or primed siding ready for paint. With primed siding, you can choose any color and hire a painter to make your home as unique as you wish.

Mixing Siding Types

You don’t have to go all-in on one siding option, but that certainly is the norm. That’s the great thing about siding. You can make your home as stylish as your imagination. It is an investment, so make sure you’re getting the look and quality installation you want!

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