James Hardie fiber cement siding is one of the most popular siding materials with local homeowners because it can withstand the many weather extremes we experience here in the greater Indianapolis area. Today, we’re answering one of the most popular questions we hear from our customers: “Do you have to paint Hardie Board, and if so, what are some James Hardie painting tips?”
Below, we have all the information you need to confidently paint your James Hardie siding. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 317-769-3237 or contact us online.
Does Hardie Board Need to Be Painted?
In short, yes. In most cases, you will need to repaint your James Hardie siding every 12 to 15 years, depending on climate and maintenance. If it’s been more than 10 years since installing your James Hardie siding, you might want to think about painting it soon.
James Hardie Painting Tips
If you’ve determined that it’s time to paint your Hardie Board, there are a few steps you can take to make sure you do it right.
Start By Preparing Your Exterior
One of the many benefits of James Hardie siding is that you don’t have to use primer when repainting it, which saves you a step! To prepare your siding for painting, you need to rinse it down with a garden hose to remove any dust or dirt.
If you want to take it a step further, you can also lightly sand the siding to help the new paint last longer.
Now is also a good time to check the caulking at the corners and around your windows. If needed, you can replace the caulking at the same time as you repaint it to give your siding a complete refresh.
Choose the Right Paint
Next, you’ll need to find the right paint for the job. We recommend using 100% acrylic exterior paint instead of an oil-based paint or stain for the best results. If you’re wondering if you’re choosing the right paint for your fiber cement siding, you can check with the paint manufacturer for added peace of mind.
Paint Your James Hardie Siding
Now, you’re ready to start painting. To make sure it looks great, try to apply the paint as evenly as possible. We also recommend using two coats of paint for the best, most long-lasting results.
Save Yourself the Headache and Hire a Professional Instead
If all of this sounds like too much work, consider hiring a professional exterior painter for your project instead. Our team at Aztec Homes specializes in residential painting services here in Indianapolis.
We’d be more than happy to come out to paint your James Hardie siding so you can sit back and relax. We use the highest-quality paint so your updated siding will look amazing for years to come.
FAQs About Painting James Hardie Siding
Where to buy James Hardie paint?
You can get high-quality, 100% acrylic exterior paint at your local hardware store. If you aren’t ready to completely repaint your siding, but you want to do some touch-ups, you can also look for James Hardie Color Plus Touch-Up Paint Kits at your local hardware store for an exact color match.
If I repaint my James Hardie siding will it affect my Hardie warranty?
Yes, repainting your James Hardie ColorPlus siding will void the existing warranty. However, keep in mind that it only voids the 15-year ColorPlus warranty, which may be close to ending anyway, depending on how long it’s been since the installation. Repainting will not void your full James Hardie material warranty.
How do I know when it’s time to repaint my fiber cement siding?
If you notice that the paint on your Hardie Board siding is starting to flake, fade, or chip, you’ll want to start thinking about repainting it. Our team here at Aztec Homes would be happy to come by your home to inspect your siding and make our best recommendations for repainting.
The simple answer is that it depends, but when it comes to durability, value, customization, and warranty, James Hardie can’t be beat.
Trust the Aztec Homes Team for Your James Hardie Painting Needs
We hope that these James Hardie painting tips have been helpful! If you would prefer to let a professional take care of your residential painting project instead of attempting to do it yourself, there’s no better choice than the Aztec Homes team.
We are the leader in siding services in the greater Indianapolis area and we’d be happy to help you with your painting project. When you’re ready to get started, call us at 317-769-3237 or contact us online to request a free quote.