If you’re in the market for new siding, you want to make an informed decision.
As you’re doing your research and comparing different siding manufacturers, one of the key factors to investigate is the type of warranty each company offers on their siding products.
The James Hardie siding company is known for its high performance and durability — and their warranties are top-notch.
But what exactly does the James Hardie siding warranty cover, and is it worth the extra cost of the siding?
Lifetime Remodeling Systems, the premier siding replacement contractor in Portland, is here to help you understand the ins and outs of James Hardie’s siding warranty, so you can choose the siding that’s right for your home.
If you’ve spent any time researching James Hardie siding, you've likely come to understand just how stellar their products are.
Aside from producing the highest quality products, one of the reasons James Hardie siding is such a great investment is the company’s generous product warranty.
The James Hardie siding warranty ranges from 10 to 30 years, depending on the product.
James Hardie offers a 30-year warranty on:
There is a 15-year warranty on HardieTrim® boards.
The company offers a 10-year warranty on:
Each of these is a non-prorated, limited product warranty that becomes active upon installation. Product defects for each piece are covered under their own warranties.
Should you sell your house before your Hardie Plank warranty has expired, it may be transferred to the new homeowner.
The James Hardie fiber cement siding warranty covers damage that may result from:
In the case of defective manufacturing or materials, James Hardie will either:
All reimbursement costs are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Hardie ColorPlus is shipped from the James Hardie company exactly as it is meant to be installed and any modification of the ColorPlus siding product, including painting, voids the warranty.
While James Hardie’s terrific warranty is a great reason to choose their siding for your home, there are a few specific details you’ll need to understand when it comes to maintaining the validity of the warranty, including:
James Hardie cement siding is a specialized product that should only be installed by a highly trained company. Improper installation of Hardie board siding automatically voids the warranty.
You can confidently choose Lifetime Remodeling Systems to install your cement siding the right way.
As a certified James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, we are in full compliance with James Hardie Installation Best Practices — meaning we know how to install all products properly for ultimate longevity and performance.
Contact us today to learn more or for your free estimate.
If there are problems with the design of the home or foundation that result in movement, gaps, etc. this can cause the siding to fail.
Even if your home’s foundation is solid, the natural movement of the earth may cause your home to shift over time. Shifts in the structure of your home or faulty structural design may result in damage that allows water and pests to intrude.
In these situations, the James Hardie company is not responsible and the warranty will not be valid.
Acts of God may include, but are not limited to:
The James Hardie siding warranty does not cover damage that results from these events.
Any form of abuse or neglect to James Hardie siding voids the warranty. This may include things such as:
James Hardie’s siding warranty is not valid if there is a presence of organic growth on the surface of the siding. This includes:
This includes both the exposed and unexposed surfaces of the siding.
James Hardie siding must be installed by James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractors. These contractors receive specialized training in installation techniques and must meet strict criteria set by the James Hardie company.
Any damage occurring on siding installed by a third party is not covered under the James Hardie siding warranty.
Using an experienced James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor like Lifetime Remodeling Systems to install your siding ensures it will be installed to perfection.
Not only will you get the high-performance James Hardie siding that was built to deliver, but your warranty will also be safeguarded so that in the unlikely case you need to use it, you’re covered.
James Hardie siding is not only highly durable, it is also easy to care for.
Generally, the siding can be cleaned by a quick spray with a garden hose a few times each year. On occasion, you may need to use a mild soap or a mildew-specific cleaner to remove stubborn dirt or stains.
Ignoring the necessary maintenance of your siding or failing to inspect it regularly for any possible issues voids the warranty and damage will not be covered.
You may be wondering what proper maintenance of James Hardie siding involves.
Here is what the professionals at Lifetime Remodeling Systems recommend for keeping your James Hardie siding looking its best while maintaining your warranty :
To protect your James Hardie siding from damage as you’re cleaning, we do not recommend the use of:
If you do choose to power wash your siding, keep the pressure below 1500 psi and maintain a distance of six feet away from your home’s exterior.
Claiming the warranty on your James Hardie siding is easy and can be completed in just a few steps:
It will also be necessary to protect your remaining property (and prove that you are doing so) while waiting for repairs or replacement to begin.
Note: Any expenses incurred during this process are the responsibility of the homeowner and are not covered in the James Hardie siding warranty.
Lifetime Remodeling Systems is Oregon's only contractor with an award winning siding division, as well as an award winning remodeling division allowing us to handle all of our clients needs from the exterior to the interior of their home.
The professionals at Lifetime Remodeling Systems are James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractors, approved by James Hardie, and have been through rigorous siding installation training.
We feature an exterior division that specializes in siding replacement, window replacement, and roofing replacement as well as a design/build division that focuses on kitchen, bath, and full home remodeling.
Contact our experienced, award-winning organization today for a free estimate on your siding or remodeling project.