Hardie Board Siding
Hardie board siding (also known as cement board siding) is not a well-known term among homeowners. In fact, it wasn’t even well-known among some contractors until recently. Hardie board siding actually can pass for wood or vinyl siding, but does an even better job of protecting your home against extreme weather conditioners. Originally, it was only seen in Australia, but in recent years, it’s become more common around the world, particularly in colder climates. Below are some of its benefits:
Protection - Hardie planks come in a wide variety of shades and colors, most of which resemble the look and feel of wood siding. However, unlike wood, it is impenetrable to the elements. It’s impervious to harsh weather and insects, and the concrete fibers make it fire-resistant.
Low-Maintenance, Low-Cost, High Flexibility - Hardie board siding isn't as expensive as other forms of siding, and another benefit is that it doesn’t require much in the way of maintenance the way wood and vinyl siding do. Since the planks are resistant pests and rot, repair is rarely needed. It’s moisture-resistant, so it’ll never rot. Therefore, the paint will last for a very long time, thus saving you money on having to repaint. Additionally, if you have a certain color in mind for your home, it can be pre-primed for easy application.
Hire a Pro
Once you have the particulars decided, it is best to leave the installation to the professionals. It can be a do-it-yourself project, but Hardie boards require special techniques. They’re heavier than most other forms of siding, and can break easily if handled improperly and dropped. So if you’re not a professional, let one take care of it for you.