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In 2013, HardiePlank® lap siding received the Good Housekeeping Seal from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Good Housekeeping only awards their Seal after an in house team of Experts perform a thorough evaluation of Household products. The Seal is a coveted mark of quality.

From James Hardie.."We know our products cut the muster, but it's always gratifying to get that third party approval. After all, we can tell you how good we are, but that's not how an excellent reputation is built."
James Hardie Products have outperformed all other brands during the last 20 years in Atlanta. As a homeowner, you can do no better than to work with a contractor, who will facilitate the installation of James Hardie® siding, trim, soffit, wrap and flashing products (including products with ColorPlus® Technology).

James Hardie employs installation specialists throughout the U.S. and Canada who work with contractors focusing on education, onsite training and more. The benefits of this service are available online and through membership in James Hardie's Contractor Alliance Program.

James Hardie has rigorous installation procedures and best practices for their entire line of products—all of which are outlined on www.hardieinstallation.com, geared specifically to the building trade. The best way to get the performance that you expect from James Hardie products is to work with a professional contractor who is in the Hardie Contractor Alliance Program as a preferred Remodeler


James Hardie's operations encompass the United States, Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie® Building Products are also available in Asia, In every country in which they operate, their goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on global leadership in products, manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling.

Innovation is vital to maintaining their pre-eminent position in the fiber-cement industry. Consequently, they invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance siding products.

James Hardie Industries plc (JHIplc) was created in October 2012, after shareholders voted to accept a recommendation by the board of James Hardie Industries SE to restructure the company and establish a new parent company incorporated in Ireland.

The new structure was designed to position the company for further international growth, and generate higher returns for shareholders than were possible under the previous structure. James Hardie Industries plc now heads the James Hardie group of companies, with operations around the world.

The genesis of these modern companies was established more than 100 years ago, in 1888, when an enterprising young James Hardie left his family´s tannery business in Scotland in search of new opportunities. James started a business, importing oils and animal hide tanning products.

"The second major figure in the company´s history, Andrew Reid, was born on January 24, 1867, near Linlithgow in Scotland. He knew James Hardie and maintained contact from Glasgow, where he worked as a shipping clerk. Encouraged by prospects in Australia, Andrew arrived in Melbourne in March 1892 and soon after joined James Hardie´s business, becoming a full partner in 1895. Andrew Reid was outgoing, energetic and visionary, and his talents combined well with Hardie´s sound commercial judgement.

James Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the business to Andrew Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B. Reid retired.

A publicly-owned company, James Hardie Industries Ltd, was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1951. In the following years, the company built up a diverse portfolio of building and industrial products businesses.

In the mid 1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of fiber-cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fiber-cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product´s durability, versatility and strength.

Using the technical and manufacturing expertise it developed in Australia, James Hardie Inc. expanded its operations to become a world-leading, specialized, high-technology manufacturer of a wide range of fiber-cement building materials.

Today, James Hardie Inc. is purely a fiber-cement business. It operates in markets around the world, with manufacturing operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The businesses employ over 2,500 people who generate revenue of more than $1.5 billion a year."

News bulletin from James Hardie
Fans of the interactive DIY Network series Blog Cabin will get an up-close look at durable, beautiful James Hardie building products this fall as they are used to renovate a mountain residence in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Online voters selected Iron Gray and Cobble Stone colors for the home, which features James Hardie HardiePlank® Lap Siding and HardieTrim® boards along with HardieSoffit® Non-vented Smooth and Cedarmill Panels. The products are finished with James Hardie's ColorPlus® Technology to ensure a stunning look with long-lasting durability. James Hardie siding will be highlighted on the DIY Network during a one-hour Blog Cabin 2015 special at 9 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 7.

The People's Choice component of the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 allowed viewers to vote for the design elements used in the renovation. Readers chose James Hardie's Iron Gray and Cobble Stone colors with James Hardie's ColorPlus Technology finish. ColorPlus Technology utilizes a proprietary process to apply consistent, multiple coats of finish inside a climate controlled factory to eliminate debris, optimize paint adhesion and reveal a consistent finish that offers lower maintenance. James Hardie siding products with ColorPlus Technology ensure a long-lasting finish unlike wood and wood-based products, which tend to shift significantly when absorbing water, causing a higher chance of paint cracking, chipping and peeling.

"The Iron Gray and Cobble Stone finishes provide a stunning mountain look and will give people their first impression of the newly-remodeled home," said John Dybsky, Senior Marketing Manager at James Hardie. "We're thrilled James Hardie products play such an essential part of the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 project renovation. Our HardiePlank lap siding will also stand up better to the extreme weather conditions the home is likely to face."

James Hardie siding and trim is Engineered for Climate®, making it the only siding products that are uniquely formulated for the regional climate in which a home is located. In the case of this year's DIY Network Blog Cabin, the installed James Hardie siding will help protect the home from wind, rain and winter cold. James Hardie's fiber cement products are also fire and water-resistant, and meet local building codes in hurricane and wildfire-prone areas. Unlike vinyl siding, James Hardie products won't melt or sag, and they are more fade-resistant. Compared to wood-based siding, they are also more resistant to warping, rot and insect damage.

One lucky person will win the new DIY Network Blog Cabin Giveaway featuring James Hardie siding and trim. Viewers can enter twice daily online – once on DIYNetwork.com and once on HGTV.com – until 5 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 11. A $50,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans is also up for grabs, putting the value of the grand-prize package at more than $900,000.

Located in the beautiful mountains of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 was originally built in the 1970s. Starting as a 3,400 square foot hilltop house, the home has been transformed into a 4,000 square foot modern mountain retreat.

About James Hardie Building Products

James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement technology, and has been furthering founder James Hardie's innovative, entrepreneurial legacy around the world for more than 125 years. It =======alternative to wood and vinyl. Its products combine innovation and versatility to offer a variety of design possibilities, matched with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product is being used. Currently installed on more than 5.5 million homes in North America, James Hardie has earned a favorable reputation within the industry and has been specified in some of the country's most prestigious projects. For more information about James Hardie visit www.jameshardie.com.

About DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015

Blog Cabin is the groundbreaking multimedia experience based on a very simple idea: You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It! This truly interactive series asks Internet users to vote on the design features for a real vacation getaway. Expert hosts will transform an original 1970s hilltop house in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that will become a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner. Plus, a one-hour Blog Cabin special, hosted by tool expert Chris Grundy, will highlight the incredible transformation.


Many questions are common for Homeowners in the market for James Hardie siding:

Where can I buy HardiePlank® lap siding, HardiePanel® vertical siding, HardieTrim® boards or HardieShingle® siding?
Since you will be working with a contractor or builder to install James Hardie® products, the individual or company you hire for the job will purchase the necessary materials for you.

How much does HardiePlank lap siding cost?
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How do prices compare to the prices of brick and vinyl?
While prices vary from market to market, this is how HardiePlank siding compares in installed price with its competitors:
· Vinyl is often more and needs to be installed on cornice work or it looks ill fitted
· Much less expensive than brick or stone, though a mixed approach can create beautiful homes
· Equal or less than hardboard or composite siding
· Less expensive than synthetic stucco

What types of trim can be used with HardiePlank lap siding?
The following are suitable trim products for use with HardiePlank lap siding:
· HardieTrim (Fiber Cement)
· Cellular PVC
· Real Wood
· Engineered Wood

What is HardieWrap® weather barrier used for?
HardieWrap weather barrier may be used as both a water resistive barrier and as an air barrier in accordance with nationally recognized residential and commercial building codes as specified in, ESR-2658 HardieWrap weather barrier is installed over the sheathing, beneath the exterior siding (cladding) to reduce water infiltration and air infiltration, while allowing potentially damaging water to escape from the building interior.

How is HardieWrap weather barrier better than other housewraps?
In independent tests,HardieWrap weather barrier outperformed its nearest competition in each of these categories: water holdout, air penetration resistance and tear resistance.

How much does HardieWrap weather barrier cost?
HardieWrap weather barrier is usually included in our quote on your home
We like to use Closed cell foam boards in conjuction with HardieWrap, for clients who demand the best, gaining soundproofing and even more insulating characteristics

Where can I find installation instructions and best practice guides for James Hardie Building Products?
Visit HardieInstallation.com to find installation instructions, videos and best practice guides for James Hardie products.

How can I best maintain my Hardieplank?
Congratulations on having James Hardie products on your home!
Here is some basic information about caring for James Hardie products:

Over 5 million beautiful homes stand as a testament to James Hardie's success in protecting homes form the harsh elements. As the most trusted brand of siding in America, James Hardie has taken that level of defense to an even
higher level, with siding that's engineered for climate

The HardieZone System considers eight individual climatic variables that primarily affect long-term performance of siding. Using these factors they arrived at ten distinct climatic zones. Though different, they found common variables in certain regions, allowing them to engineer the HZ5 product line for zones 1 through 5 and the HZ10 product line for zones 6 through 10.

The Metro Atlanta Area is in the Zone 6 through 10 area HZ10® Products

HZ10 board delivers legendary James Hardie durability. Whether it's the hurricane-force winds and salty sea air of the coast or the brutal, humid heat of the Deep South, HZ10 board provides superior, state-of-the-art protection against the elements, season after season.

• Resistant to damage from moisture
• Resists flame spread
• Provides excellent paint performance

Cleaning or Pressure Washing:

High pressure water blast and sand blasting may damage the surface of the fiber cement product. Low pressure water spray, a soft medium bristle (nonmetal) brush is most suitable for cleaning fiber cement products. Acid washing can damage the fiber cement surface and is not recommended. Note: If using a pressure washer, care must be taken to ensure that the water stream does not damage the surface of the siding. Damage to siding arising from improper cleaning or maintenance may not be covered by the James Hardie warranty. Using wide fan tips that are kept a minimum of 6 feet from the wall and at pressures under 1500 psi will minimize the chance of damaging the siding.
Re-Painting / Repair / Re-Painting Siding:

• ColorPlus® touch up is used to cover nicks, scrapes and nail holes that may occur during installation. ColorPlus® touch up comes in bottles tailored to be edge coaters or touch up pens. If the touch up area is larger than the size of a dime the use of touch up is not recommended. Installers are advised to replace the damage siding with a new section of ColorPlus plank or panel.

PrimePlus Products
• If your James Hardie siding was originally painted after it was installed on your home, then check the original paint manufacturer recommendations for reapplication of paint.

• Do not use stain on James Hardie Products.

Repair or Patching:

Dents, chips, cracks and other minor surface damage in James Hardie siding and trim products can be filled with cementitious patching compound. Refer to manufacturer recommendations for products that are compatible with fiber cement.

Use of Deicing Salts:

James Hardie siding products should not come in direct contact with deicing salts. The salts may prematurely damage the finished look of the siding. James Hardie recommends the use of sand or gravel to manage snow loads near siding.

Water Management and Gutters:

Whether you live in an area with high amounts of rainfall or an occasional thunderstorm, it is important to effectively manage the flow of water from these events for your entire home. James Hardie recommends that you have gutters and downspouts installed on your home if they were not already present when you purchased the home.

Cleaning and Maintenance:

Cleaning and maintaining the exterior of your home is an important part of sustaining the beauty and value of your home. The extent and nature of maintenance will depend on the geographic location and exposure of the building. As a
guide, it is recommended that normal care and maintenance tasks shall include but not be limited to:
• Washing down the exterior surfaces every 6 to 12 months with a garden hose or low pressure water spray to remove dirt and debris.

- James Hardie Products with ColorPlus® Technology can be cleaned using water and a soft brush or rag. For stubborn dirt or stains, a mild detergent and a soft brush may be used. For more information see Tech Bulletin #20  cleaning and Maintenance at www.jameshardie.com

- For paint applied in the field, refer to your paint manufacturer for washing and maintenance requirements related to paint performance.

• Clean out your gutters, blocked pipes, and overflows as required.

• It is important to re-apply caulking when it has begun to show signs of wear. This can help keep moisture from getting into the wall cavity. These areas include but are not limited to penetrations, flashings, plank and trim connections and in some cases between plank joints. - James Hardie recommends the use of caulks and sealants that remain permanently flexible.

For best results use an Elastomeric Joint Sealant complying with ASTM C920 Grade NS, Class 25 or higher, or a Latex Joint Sealant complying with ASTM C834. Caulking/sealant must be applied in accordance with the  caulking/sealant manufacturer's written instructions or ASTM C1193.

• It is a good practice to keep vegetation such as shrubs, bushes, and small trees trimmed back and away from the home and siding. This will also help to ensure that sprinkler systems do not saturate areas near the building.

• Ensure required external ground clearances (typically 6") and drainage slopes are maintained. Do not in fill landscaping up to the siding.