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Midwest Abodes with Coastal Appeal

Whether you have a quaint coastal cottage, a colossal waterfront home or just love the look of coastal style, with James Hardie® siding and trim, your home will not only look stunning, it will be protected from the Midwest  weather, too. The Midwest is known for its heavy winds, bli... Read more

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Standing Strong in the Face of it All

    When it comes to strong siding and trim, James Hardie’s engineers wanted to create building products that could withstand the test of time, all while valuing smart design. The company accomplished their goal and created one of the most durable and stylish siding products in the industry. ... Read more

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Resist Warping and Shrinking with James Hardie Home Siding

We may not think much about it, but homes shrink and expand. Oddly enough, they move, they settle, they change with the seasons. If your home is clad in wood or wood-based siding, such as LP® SmartSide®, it can expand when exposed to humid air, and contract in drier air conditions. Also, the expansion or contrac... Read more

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Steer Clear of Moisture and Rot with James Hardie Siding and Trim

Decay, warp, rot—not a list of words you ever want to hear when describing a home exterior. Unfortunately, water can damage your home exterior like nothing else. It may be gradual, but it is relentless, and can lead to mold damage, rotting boards, swelling, cracking, and peeling paint—another list of not-so-appealing words. Instead, your ... Read more

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Why Custom Installations is a Great Resource for Builders and Developers to Utilize

Custom Installations has been around for a long time, and we hope to be around for a lot longer. Since 1964, we’ve been servicing all kinds of different housing projects for exterior installations including window fixtures, house siding, roofing, doors, and gutters. For over half a century in the business, we’ve learned a thing or two about wha... Read more

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding the HardieZone® System

  Each region in the U.S. has its own distinct climatic qualities. From the dry heat of Arizona to the below-freezing temps of Minnesota. Climate isn’t one-size–fits-all, so your home siding and trim shouldn’t be either. James Hardie took variations in climate into consideration when engineering its siding and trim. They developed ... Read more

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The Power of ColorPlus® Technology

James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology provides advanced methods of adding vibrant color to your home siding and trim with lower maintenance compared to field-applied paint. When you select your siding, be it ... Read more

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From Wood to Fiber Cement

  This Minneapolis home nods to the architecture and feel of a log cabin. It blends in with its natural surroundings and provides a place to soak it up on the wrap-around deck. The refreshing re-side of the home’s exterior feels similar to the original, but looks much more polished and protected. From worn away and rotting wood pl... Read more

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Midwest Grays: Clad your Home in Various Shades of Gray

Gray is the new go-to neutral. Gone are the days when the color sparked gloom and drab thoughts. Now, home design experts call on grays for a modern and alluring exterior hue. James Hardie’s HardiePlank® lap siding in ... Read more

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Clad your Bungalow in James Hardie® Siding and Trim

Between the early 1900’s to the 1930’s, the bungalow was the dominant home style in the U.S. The simple, small one-and-a-half-story homes boast a sloping roof, a front porch and sparse décor. And each neighborhood was stocked with the style. In the Midwest, entire subdivisions were bungalows. In fact, the housing style still represents abou... Read more

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