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What are Olathe Siding Considerations for Homeowners?

Olathe siding, like any home improvement project, has some important considerations potentially impacting your choice. The more you know about special considerations, the more informed a choice you can make.

Read on to learn more about what to consider when installing siding in Olathe.

What Are Some Common Olathe Home Characteristics?

One of the most noteworthy things about Olathe homes is that most of them are relatively newer construction, which may cut down on the number of potential structural issues. However, some popular building methods have special considerations that must be kept in mind.

The walls in some homes are layered rather than flat, a common building method when builders have been trying to save money. When this happens, the wall construction is not of the quality that homeowners expect, paving the way for more problems.

One of the first things that a siding contractor will need to do is make sure the walls are level. When the walls and siding aren’t level, this leads to some of the particularly frustrating problems that can happen with water damage. You may have to cope with more repairs than anticipated if these issues are uncorrected.

Other common problems include poor gutter placement, as well as damage from woodpeckers and other animals. With many Olathe homes dating to the 80s and 90s, some are almost certainly ready for replacement.

What City Codes or Requirements Do You Need to Think f For Olathe Siding?

When replacing Olathe siding, it is important to remember city codes and HOA requirements. Remembering these requirements is an important part of the siding construction process. When you don’t see these requirements initially, you’re risking not having everything work out as smoothly.

Olathe has some specific standards for how construction is to be performed. All homes must use recognized architectural styles on four sides of the building. The homes must have distinct tops, middles, and bottoms as well.

Siding must help keep the building harmonious with the rest of the other homes in the neighborhood, as well as the natural environment. These steps help ensure that the homes maintain their value. When replacing siding or adding new siding, homeowners will need to select siding that conforms to the overall design.

In the case of home additions, the siding must also follow requirements that relate to the aesthetics. Working closely with a contractor will ensure that this process is as smooth as possible.

Advice and Suggestions for Working With Local Contractors

One of the most important things to consider is whether you need to replace the siding or repair it. Replacement will usually require greater conformity to local codes than repairs. In most cases, the repair process uses fewer materials, so you don’t need to think as much about these requirements as long as everything else is in order.

One of the most important considerations is whether the siding has wood rot. The wood root is a serious situation that can affect your home’s structural integrity. Among other things, the rot can also create safety or possible health hazards that could result in more headaches for you somewhere down the road.

The contractor you work with will have ideas about selecting siding that fits in with the local architecture. Although some types of siding may look as though they work, they may have features that make them poorly suited to certain styles. Because conformity with the local style is so important, you want to make sure what you’re interested in using really works as expected.

Fairway Exteriors can help you with all parts of the siding installation process, from a visual inspection to repair or replacement. Contact us today about our Olathe siding options, and we will be glad to get you started.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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