Hardieplank Siding: A Beginner’s Guide

James Hardie Siding FAQ

If you’re looking to invest in new siding for your home, you may have noticed that there are dozens of different options on the market today. Long gone are the days when two or three shades of vinyl siding were all your local hardware store had available; now, there are hundreds of colors, a number of brands, and even different textures.

One option you might have seen information about is James Hardieplank siding. This style has fairly recently started gaining popularity and is currently installed on about 5 ½ million American homes. If you’re intrigued by the idea of Hardieplank siding, but you aren’t completely sure it’s the best choice for you, you are in the right place. Lots of basic questions about this type of siding have been answered in the next few paragraphs.

What exactly is Hardieplank siding?

Hardieplank siding is a form of fiber cement siding; this siding style is starting to gain market share among today’s homeowners. It looks very similar to wood siding when it is on the house, but it is crafted from cement and mixed with cellulose for added strength and durability.

The mixture of cement and cellulose gives Hardieplank siding a level of durability that is close to that of brick or stone. That’s extremely impressive! The odds of this kind of siding outlasting your time in your home are fairly high. It comes with a 30-year warranty, but can be expected to look great even beyond three decades if it is well taken care of.

What style options are available?

You can rest assured that James Hardie siding isn’t all function and no form. In fact, it is available in a variety of hues, all of which are painted on during the manufacturing process. After each coat of paint is applied, the siding strips are baked, which makes the finish last longer once it is installed. The Hardieplank siding company also uses a technology known as ColorPro to make their paint UV-ray resistant, which prevents it from fading, even in direct sunlight. If you decide to order this kind of siding, you will be able to choose the color you most prefer.

Does Hardieplank siding withstand both hot and cold weather?

Hardieplank siding was actually engineered with different American climates in mind. Hardiezone 10 siding is meant to be installed on areas where it is hot, dry, humid and sunny most of the year; this is ideal for people in the Southwest, for example.

Hardiezone 5 siding, on the other hand, is designed for homes in areas that experience wet, cold weather at different times of the year; homeowners in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast tend to appreciate this product offering especially. Also, for most of our service area, throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, Hardieplank 10 siding is the best decision.

How much is this product?

If you’re just about convinced that Hardieplank siding is the right choice for your family, but you are concerned it won’t fit your budget, rest assured that it doesn’t cost as much as you might be expecting. While it is pricier than vinyl siding, it does cost less than brick. Your contractor will be able to give you an exact quote for your project.

The Hatch Homes team is excited about Hardieplank siding, and we look forward to installing it with increasing frequency. If you would like to discuss this sort of siding for your upcoming exterior renovation, we look forward to hearing from you! Simply call our office to set-up a time for a consultation with one of our professional installers.

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