If you are ready to have new siding installed on your house, you should seriously consider the James Hardie company’s Artisan line. The fiber cement siding manufactured by this brand is known for its strength and durability and the Artisan series, in particular, is beautiful as well.
Although fiber cement siding is gaining popularity, it is still relatively new to the market and is unfamiliar to many homeowners. As you look over the rest of this guide, you will see some common questions that relate to the luxury Artisan line and be able to assess for yourself whether or not it is the right choice for your family at this time.
What exactly is this sort of siding?
As mentioned above, all James Hardie siding, including the high-end Artisan series is fiber cement. This siding style is crafted from cement, sand, and/or cellulose. More and more families are choosing fiber cement over standard vinyl and wood because it lasts longer and has a less negative impact on the environment.
Artisan siding, in particular, is ⅝” thick but weighs little enough that one person can lift it to install. The fact that it is so thick allows for large shadows that give the siding a great deal of visual depth, even to the naked eye. Artisan siding can be purchased in both smooth and textured finishes; the textured options look like real wood.
How does this sort of siding attach to exterior walls?
All of the siding boards in the Artisan line are beveled on the back, which allows for extra stability, as they are sure to lay flat and not slide over time. Furthermore, the siding has tongue-and-groove construction, which means that each piece has a slotted end that fits perfectly with the next section. This is how siding was put on centuries ago and is still one of the most secure ways to install boards of any kind.
What colors can I choose from?
Siding from the Artisan series can be painted any color you choose and needs to be painted within six months of installation; most homeowners choose to have their contractors do the painting when they put the siding on. An acrylic top-coat is also recommended for this type of siding.
If you are intrigued by the idea of James Hardie’s Artisan siding, contact Hatch Homes today to learn more. We enjoy transforming homes across the Carolinas with fiber cement siding, and our team would love to help you understand the benefits that this type of siding could offer you and your family. We’re excited to hear from you and look forward to starting your project as soon as possible.