The right siding color can give your home a huge boost in curb appeal. Color can establish a warm and welcoming appearance and add character. Choosing the right exterior siding and trim colors is an important and sometimes challenging decision for homeowners.
James Hardie siding products are available primed and ready to paint after installation or with their unique ColorPlus® Technology. At Monarch Exteriors KC, we are fans of both options depending on the project and the homeowner’s specific needs.
What is Hardie Siding?
First, we should take a look at how James Hardie siding is made. The ingredients are Portland cement, cellulose fibers, sand, and water. These ingredients are mixed, rolled into sheets, embossed with different patterns, and then allowed to cure. The result is an exceptionally durable product that won’t rot or burn and holds paint exceptionally well. James Hardie’s groundbreaking climate-specific HardieZone® technology offers outstanding performance and durability. James Hardie is the only siding company that manufactures siding and trim products for specific climates, ensuring you get the best performance for your region.
Among James Hardie’s notable innovations is the ColorPlus® Technology, a type of finish applied exclusively to James Hardie siding products inside a controlled factory environment. When the product is ready to be packaged, it will have received at least two coats of paint and two trips through the curing oven to get the color fully baked into the board. The result is a flawless finish that is resistant to fading, chipping, and cracking, meaning less maintenance for homeowners.
James Hardie carefully controls the entire finishing process from start to finish. They start with proprietary dyes designed specifically for their fiber cement siding and trims. They monitor each batch of paint and use high-powered microscopes to measure the color variance from the master color profile. It’s essential to have such high-quality controls to guarantee that a particular color is consistent regardless of which plant it comes from – if you ever need additional materials, the color is guaranteed to match.
Colorplus® Technology Offers Several Advantages
Superior Color and Longevity
The color itself lasts longer because it is applied with a baked-on technology. It resists harmful UV rays, so you can expect your James Hardie siding to look vibrant and brand new for years to come. Frequent repainting is unnecessary since the ColorPlus finish resists fading. James Hardie ColorPlus siding comes with a 15-year limited product warranty.
With ColorPlus, your siding is already primed and painted, making the installation process shorter and more straightforward.
Not Dependent on the Weather
Typically installers have to wait for good weather before applying paint to the siding. With ColorPlus Technology, your James Hardie siding is pre-painted, so the weather is no longer a significant factor to be considered.
There are also reasons for choosing the primed version and then having it painted after installation. The Homeowners Association (HOA) may only allow specific colors not available in the ColorPlus palette in some communities. Other homeowners may want to customize their color selections even more.
Colorplus® Color Selections
James Hardie ColorPlus siding is available in two different color selections: the Statement Collection and the Dream Collection. We will discuss the Statement Collection for the Kansas City market in this article and address the Dream Collection in a separate article.
The colors in the Statement Collection feature the most popular James Hardie ColorPlus siding and trim styles, textures, and colors, based on top-selling colors in the Kansas City region. Colors curated by Hardie color experts will empower rather than overwhelm you. Because of their tried and true options, James Hardie narrows down the color selection while still giving you plenty of options to consider.
The Statement Collection includes 20 of the most popular colors chosen by homeowners in the greater Kansas City area over the past ten years. This includes 8.25″ Hardie Plank Lap Siding and Hardie Shingle Siding. Arctic White has always been the most popular color for trim since it is timeless and goes with everything. The most popular siding color has changed over the years and is currently a tie between Arctic White and Aged Pewter.
The Statement Collection is more affordable than the Dream Collection and is stocked locally at siding suppliers so that you can get your new siding project started promptly.
How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Home
The James Hardie Home Color Tool is a free online visualizer that gives you the power to experiment with ColorPlus Technology colors on different home styles. You can mix and match siding and trim colors in the comfort of your home, in your own time. You enter your zip code which allows the tool to identify available colors and James Hardie contractors in your area.
With a host of siding styles and colors to choose from, a James Hardie siding contractor will work with you to choose design options that match your home’s architectural style and your personal preferences. At Monarch Exteriors KC, we offer full service home exterior design support to ensure you get the home of your dreams.
High-Quality Installers Make the Difference!
Hiring a reputable and qualified installer is essential whether you choose ColorPlus or primed siding. At Monarch Exteriors KC, we train our installers every year with the James Hardie installation team to ensure that they utilize best practices. Our crews know to slow down and take a little extra time to ensure the material doesn’t get scratched or damaged during installation and to have rubber guards on the ladders to prevent damage to the siding. The little things make a big difference, and if your contractor isn’t going to be on-site all day, every day, the crew must be properly trained in all aspects of installation and proper painting techniques.
Contact the James Hardie Siding Experts at Monarch Exteriors KC
Monarch Exteriors KC is a fully licensed and insured company with over nine years of experience working directly for Jame Hardie. Our installers are dedicated craftsmen who undergo training each year to stay informed on the latest installation techniques and requirements. For more information or to schedule a free estimate, call Monarch Exteriors KC at (816) 323-5427 or contact us online.