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Ernie Smith & Sons Roofing Case Studies: A complete make-over with HardiePlank lap siding for an older home in Santa Fe, Texas

Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Ernie Smith


Our family grew up in Santa Fe. We’ve installed more roofing and siding in the Santa Fe area than any other company. And we’ve worked extensively throughout Galveston County for almost thirty years.

Re-siding a decades old home can be a challenge. You never know what you’ll run into. There may be hidden damage to integral structural items that needs to be addressed right off the bat.

But the first order of business when doing a project in Santa Fe is obtaining a local permit and hiring an engineer for required periodic inspections during the job.

Because of its storied and stormy history, Galveston County has strict TWIA (windstorm insurance) codes, not unlike Miami in Dade County, Florida.

We installed beautiful Cedar Mill style HardiePlank lap siding on this older shotgun style home in Santa Fe. Manufactured by the famed JamesHardie company, this prestigious brand of fiber cement board is America’s best-selling siding.

Known for its durability, (meaning chiefly moisture and termite resistance), JamesHardie siding is always a pleasure to work with, and we’ve installed it with confidence all over the Houston/Galveston area and beyond. 


After removing the existing 4 x 8 "T-111" plywood exterior on this Santa Fe home we discovered yet another layer of siding that had to be stripped - an old solid wood tongue and groove style dating back to at least the 1940’s.

Insulation and other components such as electrical wiring and plumbing become completely exposed so there’s no time to lose. On the spot calculations are quickly made to adjust for windows that originally fitted a double-siding depth.

Working around obstacles, trim boards for doors and corners are measured and installed. Then a full Tyvek “house wrap” is applied for protection from possible wind and rain intrusion. The house wrap also will allow the home to "breathe."

Lastly, the larger lap siding is fastened in place, and two coats of Sherwin Williams Super Paint are applied for a beautiful finishing touch.

Project Summary

Operations Manager: Mark Smith

Service Representative: David Dobecka

Scheduler: Cassandra Sword

Crew Foreman: Pedro Ortiz

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19422B Hwy 6
Manvel, TX 77578

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Houston, TX 77023

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14823 Beriton St
Santa Fe, TX 77517