Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

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Anwar Beisa

Subject: solution/ squirrels

#1 Replace the 3 lower pieces wit a James Hardie panel Of about 21" .
#2 install a aluminum flashing wrapping the bottom of the damaged pieces so when the squirrels try chewing on it they wont be able to.


Subject: Squirrels Chewing My New Hardie Plank Siding

The bottom edge of the second row of siding from the ground seems to be just the right height for the squirrels in my area to chew away recently installed Hardie Plank Siding. Installed Hardie product on entire house in November of 2014 - squirrels found it good to chew on in September 2015. What a nightmare to deal with. They have worked on a half dozen pieces of siding and their damage is readily noticeable. I have sprayed critter replant on the siding & purchased motion control sprinkler heads to try to keep them away. What seems to work best is covering the siding up with some inexpensive OSB material. Not very attractive but effective. Hardie rep stated he had never heard of it and it is a rare case. The rep later dropped off some small samples of siding for me to put out in my yard. Their feeling was it was young squirrels cutting their teethe. I guess I am suppose to nail these samples to the trees and the problem will go away. Buyer beware, fiber cement siding does not detour squirrels from chewing on your house.

Joanna Sharon

Subject: fiber cement siding

No squirrels eat it but the male woodpeckers hammer on it to "declare their territory ". Last year this occurred before I was ready to get up but this year they have waited until about 9AM. I got out my binoculars and examined the spot where they were slamming their beaks against the house and could not see the slightest mark.


Subject: Cement Siding woes!

We put 4" cement siding on our new home. Within a year it was alligatoring, chipping and crazing. We paid the the 25 year "diamond coat" finish....It is a total nightmare. We tried to get someone out the first year and the rep disappeared. I would NEVER use this product again!


Subject: Beth - you don't say what

Beth - you don't say what brand your siding is or if it came pre-painted or was field painted. James Hardie is a very reputable company so I would have a hard time believing this is the brand siding you had installed. If it is, you need to contact the manufacturer. If it's a bad paint job, well there's not much you can do but have it repainted. Just use the best quality paint you can afford and a very reputable contractor.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.