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Important Tips on Installing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular options for sprucing up your home’s exterior. It comes in a variety of styles and colors, which gives you the freedom to personalize your home and create the look you want. However, in order for your vinyl siding to continue to serve you well for decades to come, it’s important that you install it correct... Read more

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Midwest Abodes with Coastal Appeal

Whether you have a quaint coastal cottage, a colossal waterfront home or just love the look of coastal style, with James Hardie® siding and trim, your home will not only look stunning, it will be protected from the Midwest  weather, too. The Midwest is known for its heavy winds, bli... Read more

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How Your Home Can Fight Humidity with a Summer & Winter Setting on Your Furnace

Humidity is important for keeping comfortable inside your home. On average, relative humidity levels between 20% and 50% are considered comfortable and safe your home’s structure. There are several ways to help combat humidity inside your home, and one of these may be located somewhere along your furnace’s ducts – the switch for summer and... Read more

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Standing Strong in the Face of it All

    When it comes to strong siding and trim, James Hardie’s engineers wanted to create building products that could withstand the test of time, all while valuing smart design. The company accomplished their goal and created one of the most durable and stylish siding products in the industry. ... Read more

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How Cold Climate Homes Develop Humidity and Leak during the Thawing Process

Temperature changes in the Midwest are extreme from season to season. For example, in July, the average high temperature in Chicago is 82 degrees, but in February, the average high is only 1 degree. This process of freezing and thawing can take a toll on homes, especially when it comes to leaks. Leak prevention is vital for cold weather homes fo... Read more

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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Put Off Siding & Shingle Repairs

For many homeowners, siding and shingles are simply means of improving curb appeal. For this reason, if shingles or siding become damaged during a storm, homeowners often believe they can put the repairs off, at least temporarily. Unfortunately, this can be disastrous. Here are five reasons why siding and shingle repairs should be handled immedi... Read more

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Resist Warping and Shrinking with James Hardie Home Siding

We may not think much about it, but homes shrink and expand. Oddly enough, they move, they settle, they change with the seasons. If your home is clad in wood or wood-based siding, such as LP® SmartSide®, it can expand when exposed to humid air, and contract in drier air conditions. Also, the expansion or contrac... Read more

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How to Ensure You’re Working With a Trustworthy Exterior Remodeling Company in Chicago

Choosing the right contractor for your exterior project can be one of the most critical decisions you make.  Having the right (or the wrong) contractor can mean the difference between an end result you can enjoy for years to come and one that wasn’t quite up to your expectations. But how do you decide which Chicago exterior remodeling com... Read more

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Steer Clear of Moisture and Rot with James Hardie Siding and Trim

Decay, warp, rot—not a list of words you ever want to hear when describing a home exterior. Unfortunately, water can damage your home exterior like nothing else. It may be gradual, but it is relentless, and can lead to mold damage, rotting boards, swelling, cracking, and peeling paint—another list of not-so-appealing words. Instead, your ... Read more

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding the HardieZone® System

  Each region in the U.S. has its own distinct climatic qualities. From the dry heat of Arizona to the below-freezing temps of Minnesota. Climate isn’t one-size–fits-all, so your home siding and trim shouldn’t be either. James Hardie took variations in climate into consideration when engineering its siding and trim. They developed ... Read more

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