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Historical Preservation With James Hardie Siding

James Hardie has been around for over 100 years, but it was in the 1980s when they perfected their modern version of fiber cement siding. Fiber Cement had existed since the turn of the century, but early versions required the use of asbestos.  In the ’80s, James Hardie figured out a way to construct the siding without the use of asbestos and revolutionized the siding industry. Today, James Hardie has become a leader in the siding industry by manufacturing a product that is durable, customizable, and long-lasting.

James Hardie is now being trusted by contractors and homeowners alike to protect their homes.  In recent years, James Hardie has become a popular option for clients looking to update their outdated siding, keeping its aesthetic charm but eliminating the maintenance issues that often arise with traditional siding materials such as wood or vinyl.

If you are interested in seeing what historical homes renovated with James Hardie’s Fiber Cement siding look like, take a look at this local example:

James Ord Block Side ViewThe James Ord Block has been a staple in the center of Medfield, MA for over 100 years. Many businesses have come and gone, from hardware stores, to ice cream parlors, but the building has remained as a landmark in the center of town. However, its siding was beginning to fail, and the town officials wanted to keep the building updated, but keep its historic charm. The architects wanted to choose a siding material that would look like wood siding, but an option that wouldn’t deteriorate and require the frequent maintenance that wood siding requires.  They decided that James Hardie’s Fiber Cement siding would be the perfect solution for the building’s siding.

Chicago Home HardiPlank HardiShingleMassachusetts isn’t the only place where contractors have been using Hardiplank to update historic buildings.  In Chicago, a couple wanted to replace their nearly 100-year-old wooden shingles with a new siding option, but one that kept the charm of the old wooden shingles.  They enlisted the help of their neighbor, who was a contractor, who took on the job as his personal project.  He decided that the best way to keep the charm of their old home was to employ the help of James Hardie! They opted for a combination of HardiPlank and HardiShingles, to protect their home from the elements and protect it for years to come, in addition, to keep the aesthetic charm of the wooden shingles that were previously installed on their home.

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Interested in learning more about the benefits of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding? Reach out to our team today at (978) 957-1200 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to assisting you with your James Hardie siding needs!

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