Atlanta siding experts discuss best types and cost

For durability and appearance, what's the best siding?

Conman: We offer James Hardie HardiePlank siding, which has a 50-year warranty and is resistant to fire, termites, hail damage and moisture.

Lee Fuller: For durability and overall appearance, fiber cement products are the best. We offer products from CertainTeed, Nichiha and James Hardie.

David Damon: James Hardie fiber cement siding has emerged as the leading player. It has an almost lifetime warranty, it holds paint well and it comes with a factory painted option.

What's the average cost?

Conman:HardiePlank can run from $3.99 to $4.75 a square foot, and most homes' exterior surfaces range from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet.

Lee Fuller: It's generally $450 to $575 a square, which is a 10-by-10-foot area, and most homes take 20 to 35 squares of material.

David Damon: For an average home with 2,800 square feet of exterior wall surface area, the most common price is about $12,000 to $14,000.

How long does it typically take to install siding?

Conman: Most homes can be completely finished, weather permitting, in seven to 10 days.

Lee Fuller: A week to 10 days.

David Damon: It usually takes a week to 10 days.

What potential problems does siding work typically uncover?

Conman: In some cases, we do see mildew situations where moisture has been retained and very seldomly, we'll see rotted studs and rebuild them.

Lee Fuller: Chimneys especially tend to leak and start to cause water damage you can't see. Termites might be an issue, but that's pretty rare.

David Damon: Routinely, there's a very manageable amount of wood rot that can be taken care of for less than $500.

What other exterior components should a homeowner replace at the same time?

Conman: We also offer HardiePlank soffits, fascia and trim work, and if you replace windows at the same time, they'll be more airtight.

Lee Fuller: I recommend homeowners change their light fixtures and fix simple things such as replacing window trim or rotted columns or posts.

David Damon: There could be some synergy to doing both roofing or windows and siding work at the same time.

How do I maintain the new siding?

Conman: A mild pressure wash once every seven to eight years will help keep it clean.

Lee Fuller: They can spray it down with a hose a couple times a year to keep the pollution from settling on it.

David Damon: Wash it and inspect it every one to three years.

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Hi, One of the main reasons I'm considering replacing our wood siding to fiber cement is because I am sick and tired of having to re-paint our siding every few years. If we change to fiber cement siding, do we still have to paint it every few years? Would you please elaborate on this topic? Thanks in advance!

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