Protect your Home from Termites

Termites have been around for millions of years. While the insects are small, they can cause major damage to the structure of homes. Since they work from the inside out, the destruction begins without you knowing it. Cindy Mannes, vice president of the National Pest Management Association, said,


“Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. annually, which is typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance.”

We know this sounds scary, but don’t worry! There are numerous things you can do to prevent termites in new builds and existing homes. As you prepare complete spring home maintenance tasks, make sure you add in preventative measures against termites and other insects. 


New Homes

If you are building a new home, termite prevention begins with the foundation. Termite mesh, a termite barrier, and concrete can be packed beneath a house, making it impossible for termites to pass through the ground and into the house. Pressure-treated wood is also highly recommended for termite prevention.


Existing Homes

Homeowners can take measures to prevent an infestation in existing homes as well. Create a barrier between your home and the ground, so only the concrete foundation of the house touches mulch, plants, and soil. The siding should begin at least 6 inches above the soil, making it difficult for termites to reach. 


Tips to Protect against Pests

  1. Reduce moisture in and around the home.
  2. Repair leaky faucets, pipes, and exterior HVAC units.
  3. Repair rotted roof shingles. 
  4. Replace weather-stripping around windows and doors. 
  5. Check to ensure gutters and downspouts divert water away from the house.
  6. Inspect your home throughout the year for evidence of termite waste, patterns in wood, or mud tunnels leading up the house. 

You can also get a yearly inspection completed by a pest professional, who can treat both the yard and structure of the wood, should there be evidence of termites. 

The trick with termites? Prevention! Take the time each year to check for signs of termites so you can get ahead of any damage they may cause. 

What is Hardie Board Siding?

James Hardie was the first company to develop fiber cement siding and trim in the 1980’s. Since then, James Hardie has invested over $100 million in research, development, and product advancement. It is no wonder Hardie Board siding, just like the company, stands the test of time.


James Hardie tests all siding and trim products against outdoor elements. This includes severe elements such as hurricanes, snowstorms, and fire, as well as more common elements including UV rays, rain, pests, and the changing of the seasons. James Hardie siding products come with a 30-year, non-prorated warranty, and trim products come with a 15-year, non-prorated warranty.

Region Specific Products

We all know that different climates have different weather elements, so James Hardie creates products for specific regions. Whether you live in a wet region, a state with freezing temperatures, or a hot and humid climate, the HardieZone® system will ensure you get the best type of siding for your region. Click here to enter your zip code and learn more.


When it comes to real estate, we want it all – longevity and great design. Hardie Board siding and trim offers multiple options. Depending on your preferences, you can keep a traditional look, or create a modern aesthetic. James Hardie products also use ColorPlus® Technology, which helps keep color bright and fresh.

When building The Residences at 66 High Street, we knew we wanted superior quality, luxury appeal, and products that last. This is why we chose James Hardie products for our siding and trim.

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