Expert James Hardie Siding Contractors Serving Denver, Front Range, and Northern Colorado Communities

Our Durable Fiber Cement Siding Options

With the leading installation team of James Hardie siding contractors, you can trust our craftsmanship for years to come. Engineered to withstand the severe weather conditions typical of the Denver, Colorado, area. Specifically, it is designed to resist moisture intrusion and severe temperature variations, making it impervious to common siding plights like mold growth, shrinking, swelling, and cracking. It’s also constructed with James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology, meaning that it will maintain its beautiful, vivid color longer than an ordinary siding finish.

James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor Since 2011

Northern Lights Exteriors has been an Elite Preferred Contractor with James Hardie continuously since 2011. Because of this experience, we understand how this product must be installed and all the reasons a client may start thinking about a fiber cement product: non-combustible, durability, low maintenance, warranty, energy efficiency, options and versatility including design pallets created by Magnolia Home.

We are consistently in the top 3 installers of this product in our state and offer competitive pricing in the marketplace, sometimes as much as 40% less. If you are considering James Hardie make sure you get a bid from Northern Lights Exteriors and don’t be pressured to SIGN NOW with some of the other companies out there.

Our staff is extensively trained and experienced in installing this material, meaning you can rest assured that it will be installed on your home properly. Northern Lights Exteriors has been a part of the James Hardie siding contractors’ prestige Elite Preferred Contractors since 2013. We’re also dedicated to communicating clearly and transparently throughout the remodeling process. You can track your project every step by logging into our proprietary web portal, where we will upload information such as payment terms and due dates, labor schedules, photos, and more.

Northern Lights Exteriors is a family-owned company, and we’re proud to live in the very part of Colorado where we do business with our neighbors. Call us over today!

James Hardie Siding Denver Area | Boulder, Colorado

James Hardie Siding FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About James Hardie Siding

 Your decision about the type of siding to put on your home is a big deal. After all, you’ll be living with it for some years, and it’s a substantial investment. Therefore you are right to do your homework about what type of siding might be best for your situation.

We install many types of siding, but definitely one of the most-popular choices is siding from James Hardie. We thought it might be helpful to list some of the questions we get about Hardie siding.

Pre-Installation Questions

Hardie has two color collections. The Statement Collection is 19 colors that the company has determined represent about 90% of installations. These colors are stocked and ready to install for local contractors. The Dream Collection allows homeowners to choose from over 700 color options–pretty much anything you can dream of. It’s a custom order and takes 6-8 weeks on average to be made and delivered.

The siding is tough and it would be a “super bird” to put a hole in basically rock-hard fiber cement boards. In many years of installing this siding, we have never seen a woodpecker hole.

James Hardie is one of the better options on the market for fire resistance. Check out an interesting video here. It certainly will hold up better than vinyl or other wood-composite materials.

James Hardie provides a 30-year limited lifetime warranty on the siding boards and a 15-year warranty on the ColorPlus finish. Realistically speaking if you do the basics found in the Homeowner Care and Maintenance Guide, the siding could last much longer.

You can get James Hardie siding at retailer “box stores”, but just because you can get it there doesn’t mean you always should. Consider having an Elite Preferred Contractor purchase and install James Hardie siding by a crew that is certified to install the product in a way that does not void the warranty.

It cannot be stained in the traditional sense. It can however be pre-finished to look stained. This will be considered a special order but can be done. Ask a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor for details and pricing for this type of stained look.

James Hardie uses a ColorPlus finish, which has a 15-year limited warranty that covers paint and labor, protecting against peeling, cracking, and chipping. A homeowner will get color that lasts longer than a typical field-painted job.

In the 60s-70s, James Hardie used asbestos only in Australia before the dangers of that product were known. James Hardie has never used asbestos in the United States in any amount for any of its materials.

Hardie has 12 manufacturing facilities, all of which are in the U.S. They allow Hardie to source raw materials within a 500-mile radius of the factories, to reduce the distance the material has to travel, which reduces the company’s freight and carbon footprint.

Sand, cement, and cellulose fibers from plant material are combined and put under great pressure to cure. The resulting siding is one of the most durable options on the market, especially in climates where extreme weather, UV, and mold/mildew are factors.

Every home is different in terms of where cuts need to be made in boards and thus waste. But as a very rough ballpark estimate: if you are having 8.25” Hardie Plank installed, it will be about $8-10 per square foot in our Colorado market if you use a quality Elite Preferred James Hardie contractor with its purchasing power.

James Hardie siding is the highest performing fiber-cement siding, trim, and backer board on the market. It’s been tested against some of the “worst-case” weather scenarios.

Installation-Related Questions

The recommendations for James Hardie siding installation, including caulking can be found here.

Because the siding contains cement and sand, it is best cut by using a special blade made for fiber-cement material.

If you mean “can you put screws into James Hardie siding” the answer is yes. Otherwise, you may have landed on the wrong website. James Hardie boards can technically be drilled like wood, but it is best to use a masonry bit to drill this tough fiber-cement board.

Yes. James Hardie has two finish options: primed, which should be painted according to these guidelines; and ColorPlus, which comes pre-finished with one of 700 colors baked onto the board with a 15-year color warranty.

James Hardie fiber cement siding, unlike some materials, can be installed in the winter as long as installation requirements are followed. If you are flexible in dealing with weather delays in the winter, when install schedules are lighter, a discount might even be available.

It is nailed or screwed onto the insulated and weatherproofed frame of the house. A big reason why property owners choose this product is for the 30-year board warranty. This product must be installed according to the detailed manufacturer specifications for the warranty to be valid. You can check out this best practices guide. and also this installation guide.

Maintenance Questions

Start by reaching out to the contractor that installed the original product to see if they are able to assist. You can also use the Homeowner Care & Maintenance Guide for small repairs.

We hope we’ve answered most of your questions about this excellent siding. If you still have questions, or would like to discuss your particular situation, please contact us here.

We hope we’ve answered most of your questions about this excellent siding. If you still have questions, or would like to discuss your particular situation, please contact us here.


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