How Do You Properly Maintain Your James Hardie Siding?

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It is dead easy to maintain your James Hardie siding, which is why it is such a popular siding choice.

Although it has a fantastic warranty, knowing some simple tips and tricks to care for James Hardie siding will improve its longevity and keep the exterior of your home looking as good as the day it was installed.

In Minnesota, the weather is brutal on our exteriors. Snow, sleet, hail, moisture, and humidity can cause your siding to wear and age prematurely. Luckily, James Hardie siding is resistant to even the harshest weather, and with some gentle love and care, you can keep it looking as good as new.

Why You Should Choose James Hardie Siding

James Hardie siding is a popular choice in Minnesota because it is ideal for our climate. This fiber cement product is moisture-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about swelling, rotting, or warping. Because the siding doesn’t absorb moisture, you won’t find yourself dealing with a wasp or carpenter’s ant problem. The bonus of no critters in your siding means no woodpecker damage, either.

James Hardie siding lasts for years, but that doesn’t mean you are stuck with the same design or look. A bonus with James Hardie siding is that you can change the color after 20 or 30 years because it is a paintable product. This is a great benefit because vinyl and steel siding has to be replaced entirely if you want to change the aesthetic.

James Hardie siding has been used in Minnesota since 2000, but it’s been around since 1981. There are examples of houses in Minnesota with their original James Hardie finish from 2000, which is a testament to its durability and longevity.

For more reasons to choose James Hardie siding, have a look here.

Why You Should Maintain Your James Hardie Siding

James Hardie siding doesn’t take a ton of maintenance. You can buy a product that’s prefinished in the James Hardie factory under the perfect conditions, so once it’s up, there is very little that you need to do.

But a little maintenance will go a long way in ensuring that it stays in tip-top shape and you have a house exterior that you are proud of.

When you install James Hardie siding, you get a 30-year non-pro-rated warranty, but there’s nothing to say that your siding won’t last longer than that, particularly with the proper care.

Tips to Maintain Your James Hardie Siding

  • Give your James Hardie siding the occasional light power wash to help keep it clean.
  • Use a soft sponge and mild soap to remove grease on your siding.
  • Check the caulking every 5-10 years.
  • Have your James Hardie siding inspected. If possible, use the same company that installed your siding and let them make maintenance recommendations.
  • Trim trees and bushes around your home because overgrown shrubbery can damage the surface of your James Hardie siding.
  • When you water your plants, try not to soak your siding, as repeated soaking can cause damage.
  • Clean your gutters. Water tends to overflow when your gutters are clogged, damaging your siding. Overflowing debris from your gutters can also scratch the surface of your siding.

Craftsman’s Choice, the #1 James Hardie Siding Contractor in Minnesota

We believe in the quality of James Hardie siding, which is why we have become experts in installing it. Made from cement, sand, and cellulose fiber, this product is the low-maintenance siding solution you have been looking for.

To get the most out of your James Hardie siding, it does need to be installed by professionals. From our first discovery call to your finished home exterior, we offer much more than siding installation. At Craftsman’s Choice, we provide peace of mind, transparency, and a home reno project completed to perfection.

So, if you want to find out how to maintain your James Hardie siding or would like it inspected, contact us today.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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