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What are Leawood Siding Considerations for Homeowners?

Leawood siding requires careful consideration, given the range in ages for properties. When you combine the varying age ranges of the houses with the permitting process unique to the city, there are plenty of things to consider.

Read on to learn more about what is involved with siding jobs in Leawood.

What Are Unique Characteristics in Leawood Homes?

Leawood is a city where the neighborhood makes a substantial difference in the home’s age and style. South Leawood, for example, features a lot of newer homes. In neighborhoods with newer homes, curbside appeal is especially important.

One problem often seen in neighborhoods with newer homes is walls that were never properly leveled. This has often occurred when builders wanted to save a few thousand dollars and cut corners, resulting in uneven walls.

Level walls are crucial to preventing water damage. In addition to the walls being level, the siding also needs to be installed to enable better drainage. Making sure the water drains properly helps prevent the need for a lot of more costly repairs.

Many homes elsewhere in Leawood feature brown and beige shades that homeowners are looking to move from. The cost of repainting houses is high enough that siding is often a more economical alternative. Getting the right siding provides a fresh new look.

However, with older homes constructed between the 1940s and 60s, there is a lot more detail that requires extra care when replacing or repairing siding. Many of the elements used on exteriors from this era are no longer manufactured, so custom orders are often necessary.

Leawood Siding Considerations for Local Codes

One of the most important Leawood siding considerations is that permits from Johnson County are required for all these jobs. The contractor performing the work must also have a license as a residential contractor.

If a contractor is doing a siding job without a permit and the city discovers it, they have the authority to halt the project. Getting a permit is a process that often takes months, so you will avoid this situation most easily by making sure your chosen contractor has the permit before beginning work.

The city will perform an inspection as part of the siding installation process. At the very least, a failed inspection can set you back a couple of days. Weather and other unexpected events may also delay things even further, which makes ensuring your contractor has the right permits more important.

Tips for Homeowners While Getting Siding Installed

Homeowners who have decided to get siding installed will benefit from starting the process as early as possible to prevent any delays. Although some think of getting a permit as something done in hours or days, this is not a realistic expectation.

In most cases, the permit process needs to be thought of in terms of months. Starting to plan in advance is always preferable to waiting until the last minute. An important part of your planning will include making sure the contractor that you want to work with is up to standards.

Checking out contractors to make sure their license is in order is one of the best ways to protect your home. Any improvements that you make to your home are vitally important investments. Using the wrong person for this type of job threatens your home’s overall quality.

One problem that some Leawood homeowners have dealt with is using contractors who lacked the necessary licensing and permits and were discovered during a city inspection. In addition to causing needless, frustrating delays, using unlicensed contractors can also cause high expenses in the form of citations and having to have the work picked up by someone else for completion.

Using Fairway Exteriors is a great way to ensure the job goes well. Contact us today to find out what we can do for your Leawood siding.

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August 2021

Our experience with Scott Neidow and Fairway Exteriors was outstanding! We needed our siding replaced on two sides of our house, Scott recommended Hardie board. We got bids from 2 other very well known company’s, not only was Scott competitive but his attention to detail was over the top! He was on site every day checking every detail with his crews, always confirming that we were satisfied. The finished product is perfect!

Tisha Petty

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July 2021

Scott and his team did a fantastic job! Despite a rainy spring, our extensive project (full siding, multiple windows, new gutters, new shutters…) was completed on budget and ahead of schedule! We also had a few surprises along the way with some extra repairs for under the surface wood rot (which really needed to be repaired regardless of the new siding), but Scott’s team kept us informed and involved. The dedicated construction team was completely professional and respectful of our house and our neighborhood. Thank you so much for giving us a beautiful new/old house!

Scott Martin

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July 2021

I used Scott at Fairway Exteriors for work on our home at Lake Lotawana and couldn’t be happier! Scott did an excellent job from patiently working with us on a plan for our home’s exterior through completing the installation of James Hardie siding, exterior lighting, a new garage door and new gutters. Although we decided not to add new windows and a front door, he provided bids for that work as well. Scott’s installers were professional and courteous as well as true craftsman who took great pride in their work. Scott was attentive and quick to respond to issues that arose (termites, wood rot, etc.) and helped us to resolve them. The James Hardie siding greatly improved the look and, I believe, the value of our home. I highly recommend Scott and Fairway Exteriors!

Amy Sullivan

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May 21, 2021

Scott was quick to get back to me anytime I had questions. He was very knowledgeable about James Hardie and took time to answer my questions. The installers were very courteous and picked up after themselves every night. No nails or trash or cigarette butts were left which we appreciated because we have grandchildren that play in the yard. We are very happy with the way the project went and how our new siding looks.

Janet Mitchelson, Lee's Summit MO

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April 13, 2021

My new windows from Fairway Exteriors make my house bright and airy. The crew arrived on time and worked carefully since I have pets. Scott helped with the details to make the install go smoothly. I recommend them to anyone wanting professional workmanship and a quality product.

Ann Seferovich, Merriam KS

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FEBRUARY 08, 2021

We used James Hardie siding on our exterior re-model and couldn’t be happier with the finished product. We were so impressed with Fairway Exteriors from the initial design consultation to the constant communication. they were always so quick to respond to any questions we had and stayed connected with us along the way ensure we were happy. Highly recommend

Sara M., Leawood KS

Frequently Asked Questions

James Hardie Siding is composed of 90% Portland cement and sand and 5% cellulose fiber.  The cellulose gives the siding the flexibility needed to ensure it is impact resistant.  So James Hardie fiber cement siding really is cement siding!

James Hardie's warranty is the best in the fiber cement industry. For 11,000 days it is covered at 100%, no proration. Plus it is transferable and covers hail damage and comes with a class A fire rating. When you couple that with Fairway’s industry Leading Lifetime workmanship warranty that doesn’t pro rate you have an iron clad warranty that delivers complete peace of mind. 

Yes, and while it may not seem like a win when hearing it this s a huge advantage. This goes against what most Hardie contractors say. This is just another example of them overpromising and underdelivering just to sell a job. While many homeowners are hoping to never paint again, over the past 15 years of talking with homeowners I have discovered that what many actually want is low maintenance and long-term cost savings. That is why painting in 15-20 years down the road is a blessing. If you reside with a product like vinyl you still have to deal with mildew and grime by power washing every year. Power washing 15-20 times seems like more work than repainting once. Additionally, 10-12 years from now your vinyl will look awful. You will hate it and so will the buyers looking at your house eventually. One of the beauties of Hardie is that you can paint it and make it look brand new! A prospective buyer can change the color vs. having to reside the entire house again.

You do not need to prime your siding before painting it. Simply wash it down with a hose or a power washer on a very light spray, let the siding dry and use a high quality, 100% acrylic latex exterior paint. Sherwin Williams Duration is a durable and popular selection. 

Nothing is maintenance free, if your told that something is zero maintenance be skeptical. If you want your siding to stay beautiful long-term think about hosing down James Hardie once a year and if it is really dirty try using Blue Dawn or 3 parts water to 1 part CLR. 

Your siding is the outer shell and protective barrier to most people’s largest investment (their home). Additionally, if you were building a new house the exterior siding, trim, soffit, fascia and gutters are generally one of the top 5 most expensive components of building a new home. Generally speaking, people only reside once in their lifetimes vs. the average American will buy 9 different cars in throughout their life. When you do something once in your lifetime, and it protects your family and your largest investment it makes since to do it right. Plus, residing your home with James Hardie is just about the best investment you can make for your home. The ROI for Hardie crushes just about every other project that you can take on to upgrade your home.  What I have found over 15+ years living, breathing and sleeping James Hardie is that the cost to reside in James Hardie closely mirrors how much you vehicle costs. If you have a $30K car than it is likely that’s how much James will cost you give or take $5K higher or lower. The same is true if you have a $57,000 car.

James Hardie is a 125+ year old company. It created the category of fiber cement siding in 1981. Since that time , their cement siding has been modified and improved many times. James Hardie siding has been used in Kansas City since the late 1990’s.

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