How to Extend the Lifespan of Your James Hardie Siding

lifespan of your james hardie siding

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James Hardie siding, often referred to as fiber cement siding, has gained massive popularity among homeowners due to its durability, aesthetic appeal, and weather-resistant features. But like any investment in your home, ensuring the longevity of this siding requires regular care and maintenance. Let’s explore the steps you can take to extend the lifespan of your James Hardie siding.

What is James Hardie Siding?

Before diving into the maintenance details, it’s essential to understand what James Hardie siding is. This brand of fiber cement siding is a blend of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers. Its unique composition offers an elegant wood-like appearance while providing resistance to common issues like rot, pests, and weather damage.

However, no matter how durable a material is, routine maintenance can markedly prolong its life. Even though James Hardie siding is designed for longevity, maintaining it will ensure its color remains vibrant, its surface stays clean, and small issues don’t escalate into larger problems.

How to Extend the Lifespan of Your James Hardie Siding

Regular Cleaning

A simple yet effective step is to clean your siding at least once a year. Dust, dirt, and mold can accumulate on the surface. Use a soft brush or low-pressure water stream to clean the siding. Avoid using high-pressure washers, which might damage the material. For tougher stains, a solution of water and mild detergent can be helpful.

Prompt Repairs

If you notice any cracks, chips, or damage, it’s crucial to address them promptly. Delaying repairs might allow water to seep in, leading to further damage. Consult professionals if the damage is extensive or if you’re unsure about the repair process.

Paint and Sealant Refresh

One of the standout features of James Hardie siding is its ColorPlus® Technology, which ensures the color stays vibrant for extended periods. However, every exterior will eventually need a fresh coat of paint. When the time comes, make sure to choose a high-quality acrylic latex paint. Before painting, check if any areas need re-sealing. Proper sealing prevents water infiltration, further extending the lifespan of the siding.

Pest and Vegetation Management

While fiber cement siding is resistant to pests, ensuring that your home’s perimeter remains free from pests like termites or ants is essential. Additionally, keep vegetation away from the siding. Trees or shrubs rubbing against the siding can cause wear over time.

Role of Professional Inspections

Even if you’re diligent with your maintenance routine, having professionals inspect your James Hardie siding periodically is advisable. They can spot potential issues that might be missed by the untrained eye. A routine check every couple of years can keep your siding in top shape, ensuring it lasts as long as possible.


While James Hardie siding is already renowned for its longevity and resilience, a little effort can go a long way in maximizing its lifespan. Regular cleaning, timely repairs, and professional inspections are pivotal to enjoying a lasting and beautiful home exterior for years to come.

If you have further questions or need assistance with your siding maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.

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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