How to Install Hardie Board Siding All By Yourself

When choosing to deck out your exterior in James Hardie siding, one of the most crucial elements to consider is how it will be set around your doors and fiberglass windows in Kansas City. Aesthetically, how you finish your windows can have a significant influence on the overall appearance, depending on the design style, you have in mind. Also, correctly installing Hardie plank siding on your windows is a crucial component in the long-term health of your walls in terms of maintenance.

The following are the steps you must take to ensure a seamless installing process:

  • Project preparation

Before starting out, you need to set up three things. Firstly, you should cover your walls with plywood or foam. Then the covering used should be covered with wrapping or felt paper. Lastly, you will mark the stud placements with pencil or chalk marks.

  • Siding cutting

Most professionals and woodworkers use circular saws for siding cutting, although it has to be said that the amount of wood and sawdust it generates can be harmful at times. This is why you are expected to conform to wearing protection for your eyes, nose, and hands. Jigsaw, fiber cement shears, and scoring are some of the other options.

  • Attaching the siding

You will have to fasten the siding to the walls, of course. You can either nail manually or utilize a pneumatic nailer. You can also use hot-dipped galvanized nails, stainless steel nails, or corrosion-resistant screws. Siding nails are ideal for face nailing, while roofing nails are best for blind nailing. For window siding, you should face nail at the bottom or blind nail the siding at the top.

  • Installing the trim

The trim should be attached to the inner and outer wall corners. Trim materials include fiber cement, wood, and vinyl. You should also allow for caulking; to do that, the corners should be at least a quarter inch thick.

  • Install the siding

Now you can set the sidings in place. Fiber cement siding should be at least 6″ above the house’s grade level. Horizontal surfaces such as steps, neighboring roofs, and decks should have a 2-inches gap between each component.

To begin, indicate the course spots. Then, place the siding courses and join them together securely. You have to ensure they do not stack over one another, so ensure the butt joints are staggered. Then, allow an eight-inch space between the corner trim and the siding.

  • Finishing

For fiber cement siding, it should be painted as soon as it is installed, although it must be clean and dry before painting begins. For vinyl, you either paint before installation or after – any option works.


All Seasons Window Siding is a Kansas-based company offering energy efficiency products and services and professional window and door siding services. All we want is to ensure your house looks as good as your dream, if not better. Installing Hardie plank siding is what we do, and no one does it better. If you need to install your fiberglass windows in Kansas City. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible, and we will get started.

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