Hardie siding pros and cons

Hardie board siding, created by James Hardie is the world leader in cement board siding. Some of the options include plank lap siding, shingle siding, panel vertical siding, trim boards, and much more. It’s usually advertised as low maintenance and long lasting, but how can you be sure it’s the right option for you? Below are the pros and cons to help you decide:


Most hardie siding comes with a 50 year, limited transferable warranty. It is also completely rot and insect resistant. Hardie siding can be made to look like just about any other siding material you can think of including wood, cedar shingles, wood shake, etc. The color options are extensive and are typically accompanied by a 10-15 year warranty on the finish. Hardie board siding is also 90% sand and cement which makes it a fire resistant choice.


Hardie siding weighs about 300 lbs (100 square feet) compared to 60-70 lbs for vinyl siding. This means that it generally takes longer to install then other siding plus it increases labor and installation costs. While Hardie siding is pretty low maintenance, it’s not completely maintenance free. It does have to be periodically painted. The warranty for the siding is usually for 50 years, but the finishes are only guaranteed for a maximum of 15 years.



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