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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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How to Calm Residents Fears Over Construction HOA Costs

Want to get your residents a little stressed out and fearful? Start talking construction HOA costs. It is often a hard sell to get them all on-board to invest into their properties. You may even be tempted to avoid bringing up the conversation at all. This is one of the worst things you can do. When we avoid taking care of necessary repairs or H... Read more

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How Seniors Might Change the Property Management Industry

According to Senator Rob Portman when writing for this Wall Street Journal article, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring each and every day. That’s a huge amount of people flooding into the “senior zone” on a daily ... Read more

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The Most Expensive Mistakes an HOA can Make when It Comes to Community Repairs

Managing a large HOA is no small feat. Building inspections, repairs and basic upkeep can all take a lot of time. Beyond these daily tasks, it is also important for HOA managers to ensure there properties not only maintain, but also grow in their overall value. Problems arise when managers hastily complete repairs within the property. Here are the ... Read more

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