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Fiber Cement Siding Spring Care

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Follow these fiber cement siding maintenance tips to make sure your home’s siding stays beautiful for years to come.Do not forget to follow these instructions on caring for your James Hardie brand products! James Hardie may not cover damage to siding and trim caused by improper cleaning or maintenance.

Recommendations for Cleaning the Outside of Your House for Fiber Cement Siding and Trim

These steps will help you clean the outside of your home and keep the value and beauty of your Hardie® siding.Every six to 12 months, use a garden hose to clean the outside of your home. Gently scrub your siding with a soft brush or soft wet cloth in a side-to-side motion in the direction of the plank siding.
If you don’t want streaks or drips on the cleaned area, start at the top and work your way down.

It would be best if you used a low-pressure water spray and a soft medium bristle (non-metal) siding brush for cleaning fiber cement products to get the job done.
Remember that acid and high-pressure washing can damage the fiber cement surface, so don’t do that.

When you clean James Hardie ColorPlus® products, you can use water and a soft brush or cloth to get the dirt off. Use a mild detergent and a soft brush to get rid of stubborn dirt or stains that are hard to get rid of.

Note: For paint applied in the field, check with the paint manufacturer for washing and maintenance rules.

It is essential to be careful when using a pressure washer to clean your siding and trim. Wide fan tips, at least 6 feet away from the wall, and low pressure are all excellent ways to keep your siding and trim safe.

General Fiber Cement Siding Repair and Maintenance

Keep the outside of your home clean and well-kept to keep water from getting inside. This helps keep the value and beauty of your home up.The amount and type of maintenance you’ll have to do will depend on the design of your house, where you live, how much weather and sun your home gets, and the landscaping around your house.

As a general rule, it is recommended that fiber cement maintenance and care tasks and tasks include the following:

  • If they weren’t already there when you bought the house, Gutters and downspouts would need to be put in.
  • Keep small trees and shrubs away from their homes and siding by cutting them back.
  • Adjust sprinkler systems so that they don’t spray too much on siding or soak the ground near the house all the time.
  • External ground clearances (typically 6 in.) and drainage slopes must be kept up. NOTE: Don’t fill in the landscaping up to the siding of your house.

Re-painting the Siding

Products from ColorPlus®
The ColorPlus® Touch-up is a way to fix things that have been done to It’s possible to get kits that will help you cover up nicks, scrapes, and holes that happen over time.If you need to touch up an area bigger than a dime, you should not use the ColorPlus® Touch-up Kit. A new section of ColorPlus siding should be put in to replace the siding that has been damaged.

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Make sure to check with the original paint manufacturer if your Hardie® siding was painted after it was put on your home.
NOTE: Do not use stains or paints that are oil-based or alkyd on James Hardie brand products. This is important. Technical Bulletin #22, which talks about finishing James Hardie brand products, can be downloaded from here.

The repair of Fiber Cement Siding or the patching

Reapplying to caulk when it shows signs of wear can help keep moisture from getting into the space between the wall and the floor. Penetrations and flashings are just two areas that need to be looked at. They also need to look at plank and trim connections between plank joints.James Hardie says that you should use caulks and sealants that stay flexible for a long time. Look for the words “permanently flexible” on the label or in the literature that comes with it.

The manufacturer of the caulking or sealant should write down how to apply it, or ASTM C1193. A Latex Joint Sealant that meets ASTM C834 should be used for best results. An Elastomeric Joint Sealant that meets ASTM C920 Grade NS should be used for best results.

A cementitious patching compound can be used to fill in small dents, chips, cracks, and other surface damage in Hardie® siding and trim products.

Take care of fiber cement siding the right way, and there’s not much that can go wrong if you do that. Make sure to clean it about once a year and paint it every 10 to 15 years.

I hope this article helped you learn a little more about how to keep your fiber cement siding in good shape, as well. If you want it to look and work its best, you’ll need to keep it clean and well-maintained on a regular basis.

Why Choose a James Hardie Contractor for Your New Siding?

Even though James Hardie fiber cement siding is a great product in almost every way, you still need to hire a good team of installers to get the most out of this new design.

Ready to Change Your Siding?

To get the best materials for your home improvement project, only a professional contractor can help you. Ask a professional for help if you’re thinking about replacing your brick, wood, stone, or vinyl siding with fiber cement siding. They’ll ensure their work is done right with a manufacturer’s warranty.DIYers can’t do siding replacement on their own. To get the best possible result, it’s a project that needs a lot of skill, experience, and the right kind of high-quality materials. To avoid a costly mistake that you’ll be sorry about for a long time, hire KV construction LLC to do it for you.

Siding is a long-term investment in your home, so why not spend wisely? Feel free to talk to us about fiber cement siding if you want to change the look of your house.

Contact KV construction to learn more about the main advantages of fiber cement siding made by James Hardie, like how easy it is to clean and how durable it is. Call today to get a free consultation.