Hardie board siding is an excellent option for those seeking a long-lasting exterior finish, though installation can be challenging and require training to install properly. Therefore, it’s wise to hire an installation specialist certified by James Hardie as it will make the process far simpler and ensure proper results.
Re-siding your house can add curb appeal while making your home more functional and comfortable.
1. Remove the Damaged Boards
HardiePlank siding is an attractive option for home exteriors. Constructed of fire and stormproof fiber cement material, HardiePlank protects homes against vermin and insects while being eco-friendly with recycled content and eco-friendly production processes.
When it comes to repairing hardieplank siding, the first step in repair should be removing damaged boards with either a pry bar or utility knife. Be careful when doing this so that any additional strip above doesn’t become damaged in the process.
Hardieplank should always be attached directly to studs, not sheathing. A caulking gun may come in handy to ensure that nails are placed evenly, and all wall studs have been hit before installing any additional boards.
2. Measure the Area
HardiePlank lap siding was designed to be extremely long-wearing, yet can still become damaged through wear or impact. James Hardie company manufactures this product and offers cement patch products designed specifically to repair any affected areas of siding.
Before starting to install hardieplank siding, the first step should be taking measurements of the area that requires coverage. When taking measurements, ensure the space is free from furniture so your measuring tape runs in an uninterrupted line.
As part of your preparations, it is also wise to locate and mark where studs are. This will enable you to avoid hitting water or electrical lines when nailing new boards onto existing studs, using either a stud finder or tape measure.
3. Cut the Boards
Hardie board comes in many textures and colors to fit every style imaginable, from lap siding for classic aesthetics to board and batten siding or modern-looking textured panels.
When cutting boards, use siding shears or a fiber cement circular saw for an accurate cut and to minimize dust creation during cutting; this will decrease dust inhalation levels that could eventually lead to silicosis if inhaled for extended periods of time.
Many installers rely on air nailers to expedite the process, which can quickly lead to becoming overwhelmed and losing track of where their nails are going – leading them down an incorrect installation path. A siding gauge will help avoid such mishaps by keeping nails at their proper height.
4. Install the Boards
Planning is essential when replacing hardie plank siding. Start with a replacement board of equal length as the damaged board, so that it fits seamlessly and evenly on your walls. Also ensure you have all necessary tools and supplies – including siding shears to cut boards perfectly to size; nail gun or nails; caulk sealant, etc – ready and handy before beginning this task.
Nailing new siding correctly is essential. Many installers utilize air nailers, and if they work too quickly they could miss nailing panels in their proper locations and lead to gaps that allow water infiltration and damage the studs beneath your home. If a gap remains unfilled some contractors will caulk it over with silicone caulking to create an even surface and make your home appear seamless.
5. Caulk the Joints
Caulking is an integral component of installing or replacing Hardieplank, and using James Hardie-approved caulking or sealant can protect against wood rot. Available at most home improvement stores or hardware stores.
Hardie sidings often rot from moisture damage. This typically happens when fiber cement absorbs too much water; but this issue can be avoided by following manufacturer instructions when installing products like Hardie sidings.
Air nailers provide the fastest and easiest method for quickly installing new boards properly and quickly. Nails should be placed at least 1″ from the edge and blind nailed at both the bottom and top to secure them securely in their place.