Kentucky Home Exteriors

What to Expect During a James Hardie Siding Installation

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The success of your James Hardie Siding installation depends on the company you choose for the job. James Hardie siding requires specialist equipment and expert knowledge.

It can either be installed really well, or you could be left with an expensive mistake. Although Hardie products are high quality, they are only as good as the installation. Let’s have a look at what a professional installation process looks like.

Preparing for a James Hardie Siding Installation

Your contracting company will have a transparent process and give you as much information as possible. That includes tips to help you prepare your home to make the installation process seamless.

Prep Your House

A James Hardie siding installation is a big job and can be disruptive for your family. Be prepared for shaking walls by removing paintings and other hanging items and items on shelves.

You can also move outdoor furniture and other obstructions so it’s easier for the installation crew to get to the walls. It’s also a good idea to have at least one power outlet available in case the team needs to run an extension cord.

Before Construction

Before construction begins, a dumpster and the new siding material will be delivered to your house. The dumpster is heavy and can’t be moved, so ensure you are happy with where it ends up. Now is also a good time to inform neighbors about possible noise and work out parking and driveway access.

James Hardie Siding Installation

When installation day arrives, the crew will get familiar with your property and set up workstations. They will start tearing off the existing siding and inspect the underlying sheathing and structural components. At this point, there may be some unexpected repairs if the underlying structures are damaged.

Flashing and Moisture Barrier

Before installing the new siding, the crew will install proper flashing around windows, doors, and corners to prevent water infiltration. They may install or replace the weather-resistant barrier to help with water resistance and breathability.

Trim and Accessories

Exterior trim pieces like corner beads and window trim are installed next to give clean lines. Ventilation and soffit panels are included for air circulation and attic ventilation.


Once flashing and trim are done, the siding panels are carefully measured, cut, and installed. When you use a professional company, your James Hardie siding installation is completed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The panels are attached to the exterior walls using the appropriate fasteners, and the team will have the specialized equipment necessary to safely and expertly install the heavy boards.

Your contractor should have a transparent process and excellent communication. They will offer frequent updates and let you know if the construction schedule has changed.

Caulking and Sealing

Once the siding is installed, the gaps around windows, doors, and other penetrations are sealed with high-quality caulk.

Finishing Touches

Lastly, the project manager will walk around the site with you and ensure you are completely happy with the new siding. The crew will complete last-minute touch-ups and clean up the work area.

Choose The Right Company

The right company makes all the difference in your James Hardie siding installation. At Kentucky Home Exteriors, we have 25 years of collective experience and a customer-focused process.

We are always available and use 3D imaging software to show you the finished project before we even start. We also believe in transparency and offer line item pricing in your estimate so you know exactly what costs are involved.

Finally, we offer a lifetime workmanship warranty on top of James Hardie’s warranties. We won’t accept final payment until you are 100% happy with your siding.

Kentucky Home Exteriors: Your Go-To Louisville Contractor

A siding replacement project is a substantial investment, and we want you to feel confident and comfortable with the process. If you want to learn more about our James Hardie siding installation process, contact us for a free in-person consultation.

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