HardiePlank lap siding is an elegant and versatile exterior solution, featuring natural-looking wood grain design to add value and beauty to your property.
Hardiplank siding should be treated as any other building material and maintained and repaired on an ongoing basis, just like any other. Here are a few tips on how to replace hardieplank siding that will ensure its strength for years.
Removing Damaged Planks
When replacing Hardie board siding, it is vital to start by performing an in-depth inspection of its sheathing. Look out for soft spots or signs of water intrusion and address these before continuing with your project.
Putty may suffice in filling small holes or dings, while for larger damage a new strip of hardieplank siding should be purchased and installed. When replacing damaged sections be sure to select an ideal weather day with suitable temperatures as well as secure a ladder or scaffolding to ensure safety.
Since hardie board is so fragile, it’s best to carry it vertically rather than flat if possible and seek assistance from another person to prevent snapping under its own weight. Once in position, secure it to the wall using galvanized nails before caulking any penetrations or flashing connections to protect from moisture as well as to improve its aesthetic value.
Hardieplank siding is extremely resilient and long-lived; however, like any exterior surface it will eventually require repairs. Cracked or chipped areas indicate wear-and-tear issues on your siding that can easily be addressed by filling any cracks that appear.
Use a latex-based and cementitious compound, mixed according to package directions, and apply with a putty knife onto cracked areas, spreading outward. After waiting until dry, paint it using colors that complement fiber cement sidings.
James Hardie uses its baked-on ColorPlus technology to ensure the color won’t fade with time, while fiber cement will not attract pests like termites and woodpeckers like wood siding can, making it a good choice for homeowners concerned about environmental impact. Homeowners also enjoy peace of mind knowing it won’t rot and is resistant to fire and weather damage damage.
Though Hardie plank siding is designed for durability and longevity, over time the elements may cause it to deteriorate and crack or chip away at its surface. But no need to fret! With these easy steps you can quickly repair hardiplank siding.
Before beginning any project, ensure that you’re prepared by clearing out your work area and gathering the required tools. Safety must always come first; be sure to wear proper gear while being careful not to harm nearby plants or decor!
Caulking butt joints isn’t strictly necessary if sheathing and flashing are intact; however, it may provide extra moisture protection. James Hardie recommends selecting caulk that remains permanently flexible – these labels or accompanying literature will indicate this feature. For added moisture prevention, face nail your new boards into each butt joint before sliding a piece of flashing behind it for extra moisture prevention.
Installing New Planks
Re-siding your home with James Hardie siding can be one of the easiest, cost-effective ways to increase its value and curb appeal. Furthermore, it allows you to personalize it by changing color or texture; or adding new details like shingles or trim.
Before undertaking a re-siding project, it’s essential that you inspect and repair any sheathing problems as early as possible. Look out for soft spots, rot or water intrusion; in such instances it would be prudent to install new plywood siding as an upgrade option.
Once the sheathing has been repaired, caulking can help protect against moisture entering wall cavities that could potentially lead to mold and mildew growth. Be sure to use caulks that stay flexible over time for best results.
Caulking butt joints is also recommended to prevent gaps from opening due to winds or rain. Caulk can be applied using various materials – metal is one suitable option; any weatherproof barrier would do too.