Masonite Siding Replacement For Homes In Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Central NC

Replace your rotted and damaged Masonite Siding with James Hardie Plank Siding

Many homes in north Raleigh, Cary, Durham and other North Carolina homes were built with Masonite brand siding which, over time, has proven to be a very poor building material.  Handyman Solutions specializes on repairing rotted and water-damaged Masonite siding with James Hardie Plank siding, a siding that looks identical, but is much more solid.

What is Masonite Siding?

In the early 1900's in Mississippi, William H Mason patented a process of steaming wood fibers and compressing them tightly into hardboard, and created Masonite.  Similar to particleboard (medium density fiberboard), and also called quarterboard,idorel or pressboard, Masonite is a hard density fiberboard (HDF).  It is still around today, and is an affordable and excellent choice for some applications.

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Masonite Siding History: Affordable Housing Material Solution For NC and the South

After WWII, as the housing boom expanded and America needed more affordable options for siding, builders explored options other than brick, stone and wood.  Asbestos was immediately popular after the war, but as the world found out Asbestos is a cancer-causing carcinogen, its use was outlawed and asbestos removal and abatement is still popular today.

Masonite siding was a nature solution-  Because it was high density, it didn't look like fiberboard- it could be painted to look just like wood and it was half the cost.  Unlike aluminum, it was solid, didn't dent, and didn't make creaking noises.  As the south expanded in the 70's through the 90's, Masonite was the affordable siding of choice.

Masonite Is Not Wood

While Masonite did not cause cancer like Asbestos, it is particleboard.  If you have ever seen particleboard get wet, you will see it expand and deform.  Masonite has its applications, but as exterior siding, it is inappropriate. This caused International Paper, owners of Masonite brand siding in the 1990's, to lose a class action lawsuit in 1996 for selling defective building materials.  Homeowners were able to collect damages through 2008. Today, now that the deadline for compesation has passed, homeowners are on their own.

No matter how well a building is painted, eventually paint and caulking will deteriorate, leaving small holes around the seams of the siding.  This causes very quick wood rot (since it was just wood fiber), and it also creates a moist environment for the rest of the siding.  The mixture of intense southern Sun and the moisture behind the coating of paint makes Within several years, homeowners were seeing their Masonite homes rot and deteriorate in front of their eyes.

James Hardy Plank Siding The Best Siding Option In North Carolina

Today's best practices solution is James Hardie Plank siding.  Hardie Plank siding is a fiber cement siding, constructed by mixing concrete and cellulose.  This gives the best benefits of both concrete and wood.

Here is why James Hardie Plank Siding is worth the investment:

  • it is beautiful and aesthetically perfect ; it looks better than real wood
  • it does not expand, deteriorate nor rot when exposed to water
  • it cannot be eaten by termites
  • it comes in any siding style, shape or size
  • It can be painted any color
  • it has no carcinogens
  • it is flexible and strong- will not crack like concrete
  • it is much more fireproof than wood, vinyl or composite siding
  • it has more insulation qualities than wood, vinyl or composite siding
  • it is more wind/storm/hurricane resistant than wood, vinyl or composite siding

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Any Style Of Replacement Siding

James Hardie Plank Siding offers an expansive choice of siding styles including:

  • Horizontal Lap Siding
  • Shingle Siding (including beach house shingles)
  • Vertical Siding
  • Architectural features:  corners, columns, friezes, doors, windows, gingerbread detail and more
  • Soffit, Fascia and Panels.

We also replace Masonite siding with other siding materials, including composite, vinyl and wood.