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How James Hardie Siding Is Installed on a Minnesota Home

James Hardie siding is well-known as being highly reliable and a good addition to any home that you want to stand up over time. This siding is very popular here in the Minneapolis area, but it is not the most straightforward to install.

It takes some time to prepare the side of your home to accept the siding, and the process to put it in place must be gone through with care. This is the continuation of a two-part series (see the first part here) that explains the installation steps after all the prep work is done. As always, it’s a good idea to get professional help choosing the siding material from experts like Windows Outfitters, and it’s ideal to have expert installers put the siding on so that it performs to the best of its abilities.

As always, it’s a good idea to get professional help choosing the siding material from experts like Windows Outfitters.  It’s also important expert James Hardie siding installation contractors put the siding on so that it performs the way it was engineered to do.

Steps in James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Installation

Cutting to Length

Experts must carefully measure the distance to the closest stud location while keeping siding seams from overlapping. The siding is very hard and can be difficult to cut without the right type of saw. Experts rely on top quality blades to chop the siding smoothly each and every time. If you attempt this yourself be sure to go slowly, wear a dust mask and eye protection, and cut with care for best results. (Note:  We do not recommend DIY installation of this siding. It’s difficult to achieve clean cuts on this material, and there are protective precautions you need to take when cutting and installing.)

Locking It into Place

The next step is to install trim boards around the exterior of your home’s walls, and then nail the siding into place using galvanized nails. The installer must take care to rely on nailing flanges to keep nails hidden and maintain the integrity of the siding. Siding is installed from the bottom up, to create an overlapping effect that protects your home from water damage.

Finishing the Siding

Once all the siding is installed, it’s time to go back over it to create a nice finished look. That’s done by caulking all the joints and the edges of the siding itself. Hardie siding can come pre-finished, or it can be finished on site.  Prime the siding with one or two coat layers and finally add a layer of paint on top of the primer to achieve the desired finish color.

That’s the process to install HardiePlank® and other James Hardie fiber cement siding. It’s tough, and not something that’s suitable for most beginners, or even seasoned home improvement enthusiasts. The siding is tough to install properly and you’ll burn through plenty of material learning how to do the job properly. It’s best to hire professionals for reliable results.

James Hardie siding is one of the quality siding products we highly recommend to homeowners here in the Minneapolis area.  Here are some great reasons why you should choose James Hardie siding for your Minnesota home.

Window Outfitters is a replacement siding contractor in the Minnesota area that can provide reputable, dependable services.  We install Hardie siding as well as other quality siding products in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.  If you’re thinking about having new siding put on your home, why not call us today for a free estimate?



Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.