This is a picture of Hardie Plank siding with serious rot behind it. The fiber cement siding and prep work was not installed to building code and as moisture trickled in day after day, over time it created very expensive rot costs needing siding repair. It was clearly also not installed by a state certified Hardie Plank siding contractor who should have been following the engineers at James harries ELITE install criteria for preferred Hardie contracrtors. Don’t assume your Hardie Plank siding was installed per Hardies critical Elite guidelines. These guidelines are given to the siding installers that Hardie entrusts with their siding. This is a huge problem with new construction siding installers since they have very little supervision. Builders just want the job done and done fast to get on to the next home. Over the last 30 years, I have inspected thousands and thousands of siding projects for clients, homeowners, buyers and sellers and seen this siding problem many times. Hardie Plank fiber cement siding has been THE go to product for decades but like anything, if not installed properly, it wont work properly. As the owner of Preferred Exteriors, I personally perform multiple quality control inspections on our siding projects because it’s easier to do it right the first time than the second time. To me, it’s not a control thing. It’s a quality control thing in which all my customers see the benefit. They can rest assured that the Hardie board siding they are trusting us with, is not just installed properly in my opinion , but also per the James Hardie engineers opinion. Over the decades, I have been invited many times to the factories to meet with Hardie factory engineers. Most siding company owners would be too busy to give this kind of service but I’m not. Service is personally huge to myself and our team. My craftsmen know that. If you live in Camas or Washougal call Preferred Exteriors at (360) 687-4646 to see how we can help and get more information on how we can fix your Lp or Hardie siding problems once and for all.