No-Stone-Unturned Siding Installation
In St. Louis & St. Charles Counties
We Adhere To James Hardie’s Rigid Standards… And Then Some.
James Hardie fiber cement siding installation is much more technical than wood and vinyl siding installation. It requires laser-beam precision, encyclopedic knowledge of the product, and a true artisan’s passion for the work.
In other words—Hardie installation is the last home-improvement project you want to put in the hands of just any siding contractor in St. Louis or St. Charles County. Especially one without extensive experience with the product.
Fortunately, we’re not just any siding contractor. We’re a James Hardie fiber cement specialist that adheres to ALL of Hardie’s specifications… and even throw in a few techniques to make the installation even BETTER.
Read on to see how we ensure your James Hardie fiber cement siding project is as perfect as possible.
The best-practices installation guide for James Hardie fiber cement siding is 130 pages. Basically, the size of a small novel. The guide covers all conceivable details—from which tools to use to the type of caulk to apply.
We don’t treat these hyper-strict instructions as “suggestions,” cherry-pick the easy parts while skimming over the tough stuff, or use a cheaper material or tool than the guide requires. We rigidly adhere to every word, cutting zero corners in the process.
James Hardie fiber cement siding requires slip flashing where the siding planks butt together. The problem is that most siding installers (even James Hardie installers) use felt paper for flashing. Felt paper is pre-cut and cheap (about $10 per 50 sheets). Over time, it can rip from the nail and slide out from under your siding.
Another issue with felt paper is the color. Though James Hardie fiber cement siding is much more stable than other types of siding, it WILL expand and contract a little. That’s just the nature of any exterior-remodeling product. When contraction occurs with siding, the felt paper can sometimes be seen underneath. Since felt-paper flashing is dark, its appearance is especially noticeable if you have light-colored siding.
Rather than use felt paper for slip flashing, we install heavy-duty aluminum coil that actually matches the color of your siding. A roll of this coil costs about $120 (12 times more than felt paper) and we have to custom-cut every individual piece. But the extra cost and effort are more than worth it. Aluminum coil protects better, won’t tear from the nail, and blends perfectly with your siding.
We’re not kidding when we say we consider everything. We use a certain brand of screws, a specific type of washer, and even apply a particular kind of caulk.
Example: We buy these kinds of materials from the same supplier as a few of our competitors. One day, our supplier gave us and two of our competitors an option for an upgraded brand of caulk. It cost a dollar more per tube but was twice as strong.
Our competitors—who do about eight times the business we do—didn’t want to pay the extra dollar per tube. So they stuck with the cheaper caulk they’d been using.
We, however, wanted the stronger caulk—and didn’t mind paying the dollar per tube to get it. We now have our supplier special-order this superior caulk exclusively for us.
Caulk quality might seem like a small detail—even inconsequential. But these little particulars matter. And we treat them that way.
Siding clearance is one of those details you won’t care about unless it’s done wrong. And when it is done wrong, you—and your wallet—will know it.
Creating the proper siding clearances is a game of inches. If siding is installed even an inch too close to the ground, it’s prone to water infiltration, structural damage, and pest infestation. If it’s installed too close to the roof, water from the roof can seep underneath your siding.
When it comes to siding clearance, we’re the dictionary definition of measure twice, cut once. We always ensure proper clearances to prevent these costly problems. This may not be a “cool” or “exciting” detail, but it’s absolutely mandatory for quality siding installation in the St. Louis metro area.
What happens when a vinyl-siding contractor who has no experience with James Hardie fiber cement siding tries to install it? Picture a bicycle-repair shop trying to replace the motor on a Harley-Davidson.
We install James Hardie siding and only James Hardie siding. This allows our crew to immerse themselves fully in the art of Hardie installation and soak up every single detail of the mammoth installation manual. We know the product inside and out because it’s our only focus.
Bottom Line: We Install Your Siding Right
James Hardie fiber cement siding installation is tough, technical, and intensive. Fortunately, those are the projects we love most.
If you’re looking for best-in-class siding in St. Louis or St. Charles County—and the contractor with the knowledge and passion to install it—get in touch. We would love to hear from you.