Hardiplank Siding:
Ritz Without Rot!

When someone claims a product is "ritzy", they mean it is high class. Hardiplank siding certainly fits this description!

Manufactured for nearly 100 years, Hardiplank, or fiber cement siding was popularized by James Hardie in Australia.

It is available in the U.S. under the CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding name.

Europe manufactures and markets the product under the name Eternit.

James Hardie Siding is formulated with the primary ingredients of cement, sand, cellulose and water.

Surface styles can vary from smooth, to rough; imitation stucco to a wide variety of decorative finishes.

They can be purchased unprimed or factory primed. They can also be bought with a baked on color - pre-painted at the factory.

Hardie plank siding (as it is sometimes spelled) typically has a 50 year warranty.

Hardiplank vs Wood Siding

Why not just go with wood rather than an "imitation wood"?

Well, for many reasons.
Here are several:

  • Hardiplank siding is noncombustible
  • It is termite resistant .
  • It is rot-resistant
  • It's more crack-resistant than wood
  • Hardie board resists fungus
  • Hardiplank siding resists normal deterioration
  • It requires very little maintenance after initial painting
  • It's less expensive than wood

Compelling enough to consider?

Hardie Plank Siding vs Vinyl Siding

Although vinyl siding has some advantages over wood, hardiplank beats out vinyl for the benefits. Among the advantages in comparison:

  • Vinyl is flammable and may melt in high heat
  • Vinyl is a petroleum based product
  • Vinyl may fade over time
  • Vinyl is easily damaged and may crack if hit
  • Vinyl is difficult to match if replacement is needed

While Hardiplank is more expensive than the lowest grade of vinyl, its benefits and warranty may more than pay for itself in a short period of time.

Hardiplank Cautions

Like any manufactured product, care must be taken to follow manufacturer instructions carefully.

Some areas of caution:

  • Siding is heavy and fragile prior to installation
  • It must be nailed correctly into place for proper wind resistance
  • Siding must be painted when dry
  • Painting and caulking should be complete and well sealing
  • House wrap should be installed behind the board for moisture resistance
  • Proper precautions must be taken when cutting the board (so as not to inhale silica dust)

Professional installation is recommended, and having the finished product inspected is a wise idea.

The COST of Hardiplank is more than vinyl, but likely less than wood or brick coverings.

Also, in some subdivisions where vinyl is not permitted, Hardiboard may be approved. (See Regulations and Restrictions ). Check with your particular governing body to see if Hardiplank is acceptable. It is considered to be a "classy" cladding, so it may well be a less expensive way for you to cover your new green home!

Hardiplank siding may be found under the following names:

Hardie Plank siding
hardiplank siding
james hardie siding
fiber cement siding
CertainTeed fiber cement siding
Eternit siding

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