It’s finally happened. The day you knew would arrive is finally here. It’s time to replace the siding on your home in Kansas City. There are many choices of siding available for homes in the Kansas City metro area, as you’ll discover once you start looking. But many cities, like Overland Park and Leawood, have special requirements, determined either by the city or by HOA groups, that prevent builders and homeowners from using certain types of siding for installation or replacement. These ordinances help maintain a consistent look throughout the community and uphold the value of the homes.
With all the codes and restrictions in place, it’s hard for a homeowner to navigate the waters. How do you go about figuring out which siding is the most appropriate for your home in Leawood or Overland Park? The best way to know for sure is to check with a local builder or contractor who’s familiar with your neighborhood. He or she should be up-to-date with code restrictions and HOA requirements as they pertain to siding replacement in your subdivision. Take this step before you settle on a specific brand of siding. You may save yourself from having to start over if your choice doesn’t meet your neighborhood’s requirements.
At Energy Pro Windows and Siding, we understand how challenging the siding replacement process can be, and we want to make sure your siding replacement job meets all the rules and regulations required by your neighborhood. We offer James Hardie siding for homes in Overland Park and Leawood, Kansas. James Hardie siding is a fiber cement siding that meets all the requirements of both cities. Read on for a little more information on why James Hardie siding is the choice of many homeowners, not only in Leawood and Overland Park but in the rest of the Kansas City metro area, too.
Before you start any siding installation or siding replacement job, the City of Leawood requires you to have a permit. Your contractor should know this and should take care of pulling the permit for you. A contractor who says he never bothers with permits or tells you that it’s not needed is a contractor you don’t want to work with. You may be fined if the city finds out you’ve done the work without a permit. When it’s time to pay that fine, you can bet your contractor will be nowhere to be found.
If you want to handle the permit process yourself, you can do so. Start here for more information. Permits for re-siding can be obtained over the counter, assuming all requirements are met sufficiently. Permits for this type of work expire in 180 days, so make sure you’re ready to go once you get the permit. All work needs to be started and completed within that time frame.
To promote the welfare of the community and preserve a high-quality living environment, the City of Leawood places restrictions the types of siding material that can be used on homes in the city. Homeowners in Leawood may use stone, brick, wood, stucco, and fiber cement siding, but the city prohibits the use of aluminum, vinyl, or steel siding.
James Hardie siding is a high-quality fiber cement siding that is often used for siding replacement jobs in older homes because of its performance, durability, and style options. It’s an excellent choice for homes with traditional architectural styles like those found in Leawood.
HardieShingle® Siding creates the look of wood shingles but without the fire hazard associated with real wood. It’s perfect for cottages and Cape Cod-style homes. Fiber cement siding is much thicker than traditional vinyl siding, which allows for deeper grooves and a more realistic wood-grain effect. No one will be able to tell the difference from the street, but you’ll know that your family is well protected from the weather with siding that won’t fade, crack, or break down over time.
James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology ensures that the color of your home will be as gorgeous in 15 years as it was the day you finished your siding replacement project. In fact, they guarantee it with a 15-year warranty.
The City of Overland Park is a little different. While the city itself follows the 2012 International Building Code for new construction which states that aluminum, vinyl, fiber cement, and wood are all acceptable siding materials, the final say on prohibited siding materials is most often handled at the HOA level. It’s best to check with your contractor before you settle on a specific type of siding for your replacement job so that you’re sure you’re adhering to local ordinances. For home maintenance projects like siding replacement, no permit is required by the City of Overland Park unless you’re repairing or replacing stucco or EIFS siding.
The 2012 International Building Code states that homes must stick to specific design and construction criteria further laid out with the building code. Siding must adhere to minimum thickness levels as noted in the code. Regardless of material, the siding must provide a weather-resistant exterior wall envelope designed to prevent moisture build-up within the wall. It must also allow for water drainage if any seeps in, and flashing must be included.
James Hardie siding is a perfect choice for homes in Overland Park because it meets all these building code requirements and does much more, as well. James Hardie siding is constructed to keep moisture out. It’s designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, whether it’s high wind, hail, or heavy rain. This siding handles it all without buckling, fading, warping, or cracking over time. Colors stay, bright, too.
James Hardie siding is also flame resistant, which provides Overland Park homeowners with extra protection for their families. Where wood shingles fuel a fire and vinyl siding melts, James Hardie fiber cement siding withstands fire and will not ignite when exposed to direct flames. Because of its non-combustible nature, some insurance companies may offer a discount for the use of this siding. Check with your insurance agent for more information.
Busy Overland Park homeowners will also appreciate that this siding is pest resistant. Termites don’t like it. Neither do small animals that chew. Even woodpeckers leave it alone. This means less maintenance for you because you won’t have pests picking away at your siding.
Homeowners in Leawood and Overland Park, as well as Liberty, Lee’s Summit, Olathe, Prairie Village, and Kansas City should consider James Hardie siding installation for their siding replacement needs. It meets all the requirements for Leawood and Overland Park, as well as other cities throughout the metro area. Give Energy Pro Windows and Siding a call today for more information.