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sore thumb 06-11-2013 10:53 AM

James Hardie Prefinished
 
I have researched the James Hardie PrefinishedI siding and must confess that I came away bewildered. This is why I am going to ask myself.

1.) Is the prefinished worth the extra expense?
2.) Is it realistic to believe we can have a beautiful install as Hardie so grandly advertises?
3.) How could we possibly determine an installers ability with prefinished?
4.) I can only have sales reps come to our home because I am disabled, cannot drive so cannot go to lumber yards and such. My wife works so the only time available is on the weekend.

You folks are my "away from home eyes and ears".

Thanks.

TarheelTerp 06-11-2013 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by sore thumb (Post 1199175)
1.) Is the prefinished worth the extra expense?

prefinished anything is about a) saving on site labor expense b) on site job time and c) consistency. It doesn't remove the entire need for on site finishing just shifts/shaves where the cost shows up.

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2.) Is it realistic to believe we can have a beautiful install as Hardie so grandly advertises?
The first time a crew works together or with the material? Not likely.

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3.) How could we possibly determine an installers ability with prefinished?
Ask for personal references and addresses for SPECIFIC jobs they have done; both recently and several years ago too.

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4.) I can only have sales reps come to our home because I am disabled...
That makes it tough. You may need to pass off the shopping and approving work to someone else. Is there a relative or neighbor you trust?

sore thumb 06-11-2013 12:07 PM

There is no one who can review on our behalf.

djlandkpl 06-11-2013 01:03 PM

+1 on Tarheel's comments. References are going to be key for you.

There are other details you need to consider for a great looking job as the combined elements make the whole.

1) Outside corner boards, inside corners
2) Window and door casing
3) Rake boards
4) Soffit and fascia

Hardie does make all of the above but there are other materials like PVC and vinyl to consider. There's also substantial price differences depending upon the material.


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