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We're residing with fiber cement. The initial paint job is warrantied for 15 years. How long can we expect subsequent paint jobs to last?

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We live in CT. We're residing with Hardiplank & Hardi Trim. To improve water resistance, windows are being replaced at the same time.



According to Jame Hardie Inc. paint applied to the siding over the original finish has a life expectancy of about seven years. This is as long as you follow their specifications for painting as follows:

  • Make sure all caulking joints are sound;
  • apply one coat of acrylic latex primer, over spot priming for any surface damaged areas, and
  • two coats of exterior rated acrylic latex paint from any one of a number of manufacturers.

Go to this page on the James Hardie website for more specific information.


For more information:

Check our green siding Q&A to see what other homeowners and contractors are saying about fiber cement siding, vinyl siding, etc.




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