YOUR HARDIE SIDING INDIANAPOLIS WARRANTY
Because cement board siding is in fact so durable, it comes with an excellent set of warranties. The product itself is guaranteed for 50 years. If it comes from the factory already colored, the finish is warrantied for 15.
What will my James Hardie board Indianapolis siding cost? The basic cost of HardiePlank siding per square foot generally ranges from $3.00 to $4.50.
Naturally, to make use of that information, you have to know how many square feet you need. The US Census has determined that the average two-story home has 2250 square feet of space inside. That typically equates to an estimate of about 1500 square feet of cladding outside. You can arrive at a more precise figure by measuring the length and width of your house, estimating nine feet per story, figuring out the area of each rectangle and triangle requiring siding, and adding it all up.
Having done that, though, you’re still not ready to estimate the cost of installing the Hardie board siding. Besides the basic materials, you’ll need to cover additional supplies and accessories, labor, a delivery charge, a builder’s permit, and the removal of old siding.
With all that figured in, the total cost per square foot ranges from $6.03 to $11.72, which means the average installation by a licensed contractor is likely to run from $8000 to $13,800 overall. That’s higher than with certain other siding options. But before you succumb to sticker shock, it’s worth considering why.
As already mentioned, you’re paying for quality and the resulting peace of mind. Your fiber cement Indianapolis siding will hold up despite the worst that tornadoes, rain, snow, the summer sun, pests, and the simple passage of time can do to damage it.
You won’t have to do much in the way of routine maintenance, either. Eventually you may need to caulk around the trim, but that’s the only place re-caulking will be required. You can (and should) leave the butt joints alone. In time, you may also need to clean and repaint, although if the siding came from the factory already finished, the warranty covers the cost of scraping, priming, and repainting for the first 15 years.
The high quality will also work to your benefit when it’s time to sell your home. Remodeling Magazine classifies James Hardie siding as “upscale” and estimates that you’ll get back 78% of what you spent on it when someone else buys the house. That’s impressive considering that the majority of home improvement projects only recover about 20%.
Admittedly, quality per se isn’t the only factor that makes the installation of Hardie board somewhat more expensive than certain other options. There is also, for example, weight.
HardiePlank siding is heavy. Not so heavy that your home is likely to need some sort of reinforcing to support it, but it weighs about 2.5 pounds per square foot.
That means it costs more to ship. It also means that it takes more workers to install it. A single person can’t handle it properly, and it’s likely to crack if handled improperly.
In fact, even multiple people can’t install HardiePlank siding as it needs to be installed unless they have the specialized training and the proper equipment. They’ll need respirator masks and eye protection to protect against the dust that cutting will produce, the knowhow to prime and seal cuts in the required manner, and special cutting tools, fasteners, and nails. They’ll also need to know how high to install the siding to prevent potential water absorption.
So clearly, you shouldn’t try installing James Hardie siding as a DIY project, nor should you hire just any fly-by-night contractor. If you do, you risk voiding factory warranties and setting yourself up for years of unnecessary repairs. Only a reputable company with the proper specialized expertise will get the job done right, and sadly, the services of that company may cost you a bit more. That said, though, there are some things you can try to reduce the cost somewhat.