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Matt Spencer, Fiber Cement Siding Expert

Matt Spencer is the National Installation Manager for James Hardie Building Products, the largest manufacturer of siding in North America. Matt and his team educate installers, builders, and design professionals on the proper techniques to install fiber cement siding. Matt also works with James Hardie’s R&D group to develop and improve installation practices for new and existing products. Matt has been with James Hardie for eleven years holding prior positions in sales and product development. He earned a master’s from Northwestern University in product design and development.

More Articles by Matt Spencer

  • 5 tips for beautiful fiber cement shingle installation

    The newest James Hardie fiber cement shingles are designed to give you the aesthetically pleasing results of real cedar shingles. These tips are the highlights of their installation instructions. More...

  • Shingle siding throwdown: fiber cement vs. cedar

    Who doesn't love the look of cedar shingles? But the cost and maintenance can be prohibitive. See why the latest fiber cement shingles are an easy-care, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing alternative. More...

  • Installing fiber cement panels: what to know

    For some applications like board and batten, Tudor-style siding and even a sleek contemporary-look siding, fiber cement panels are a great option. Follow these installation tips from a fiber cement siding expert. More...

  • Installing lap siding: 4 golden rules

    Installing James Hardie fiber cement lap siding is not complicated. But if you follow these four simple manufacturer's tips, they can make a big difference in the appearance and durability of your finished siding project. More...

  • How to ruin a good siding job

    You're almost finished with your fiber cement siding project; only the caulking is left. Learn what kind of caulking you need and how to apply it so that it's invisible, and your siding looks perfect. More...

  • Why not install fiber cement siding yourself?

    You've heard all the wonderful things about fiber cement siding, and you'd like to save money by installing it yourself. Learn whether fiber cement is a DIY project or should be left to the professionals. More...

  • Is fiber cement a green building product?

    With the myriad claims about products and companies going green, it's often hard to determine just what that means. Explore whether fiber cement fits the definition of a green product. More...

  • Choosing the right siding contractor

    Manufacturers have standards that contractors must follow to get an endorsement.  Use these rules of thumb and select a contractor who meets your needs. More...

  • To paint or not to paint siding

    Ready to give your home's exterior a new look? Before you dip that roller in the tray, learn more about the differences between field painting and prefinished fiber cement siding. More...

  • Before siding, read the instructions

    Installing fiber cement siding is easy. Doing it right is easy only if you follow rules. Find out what you need to know about your siding project before you begin. More...

  • Siding design techniques: why all the rules?

    Fiber cement siding offers a number of design options. Discover the suprising flexibility you can enjoy with fiber cement siding. More...

  • What on earth is fiber cement siding?

    Are you a homeowner looking for a low-maintenance exterior--one that won't burn, is a good return on your investment and has the look and feel of wood? If you don't know about fiber cement, you should. More...

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