Discovery's "How It's Made" - James Hardie Edition!
What is Hardie?
James Hardie, fiber cement siding, is one of the leaders in the siding industry, and for a good reason! This siding is not only made to be the most durable, but the color lasts longer than most other types of siding as well. This means that it continues to look new over the years, as long as you keep it well maintained. This is one of many reasons that people opt for James Hardie’s siding.
The siding collection by James Hardie has a wide variety of options for you to choose from. You can get everything from high-performance fiber cement siding to backer board, trim, and much more! They have HardiePlank lap siding, HardieShingle lap siding, HardiePanel vertical siding, HardieTrim boards, HardieSoffit precut panels, Artisan collection by James Hardie, HardieWrap weather barrier, and HardieBacker cement backer board. Each of these products has the James Hardie seal of approval for design and durability.
Taking a Closer Look at Hardie Board
If you have never really looked into Hardie board, then you really don’t know what you may be missing out on. Hardie board is made up of a fiber cement and is manufactured by James Hardie. They have been perfecting their formula for their fiber cement for decades now, and you can tell that they are one of the leaders in the industry for a reason. Their reputation is second to none.
There are two popular types of siding for you to choose from. First is the HardiePlank, which is a horizontal lap siding. Next, there is the HardiePanel, which is a vertical siding. Several different things go into making this fiber cement siding. First, there are fiber grains, ground up sand, and other types of additives thrown into the mix. The end result is a super durable fiber cement that is made to stand the test of time.
One of the biggest advantages of James Hardie fiber cement siding is that it can be made to look like other materials. Say you want the look of stucco, or cedar shingle siding, well you can get that with James Hardie’s collection. You can achieve a lot of different looks with your siding, depending on how the siding is textured during manufacturing.
Making Hardie Board and Fiber Cement Siding
Let’s take a closer look at how James Hardie’s fiber cement is actually made. First, they take a variety of materials, including cement and wood pulp, and mix it up with water. This makes it almost into a sludge type material that can be formed and made into just about any shape or design that you could want.
Once they get the mixture made, they pour it out and press it together, forming it into sheets. Then, it is pressed even further to ensure that all of the water is out of the mixture. Once it is made into sheets, they will then start to cut it into boards that are used to make the siding for your home.
After it is made into boards, these boards are then baked under a high pressure and tested to ensure their strength, then painted to a finished product. It may look a lot like wood when it is done, but it is actually fiber cement. This makes it heavier than wood, but it also makes it much more durable.
The Advantages of Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
When you shop around for the right siding for your home, you inevitably want to find the products that are going to give you the best quality for the best price. While James Hardie’s collection is not cheap, it is made to last. It can also be less expensive than some other products, that will simply not last as long. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that come along with James Hardie’s fiber cement siding.
First of all, the materials are a lot more durable than most other types of wood or stucco materials. They are also pest-resistant and do not rot. This is something that is a problem with wood siding. After all, wood is prone to rotting and is also prone to being affected by pests such as termites. On top of that, Hardie fiber cement is also resistant to flames and does not melt like vinyl siding. This makes it really popular in areas that are prone to wildfires.
If you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, you may also want to know that Hardie Board siding is a green product. It is durable and sustainable. It does not require you to replace your siding nearly as often, which cuts down on waste and resources that are used. This can really help our environment a whole lot.
Fiber cement is also really pretty low maintenance. You just have to keep it clean, and just do a check up on it annually to make sure that it is still secure. If you have it installed correctly, however, you should not notice any problems with it being secured tightly to your home.
There is also a UV resistant coating that is applied to the top of the fiber cement siding, allowing the color to stay protected, even after years of exposure to sunlight. The UV resistant protection helps to keep the colors vibrant and is an excellent protection for your investment.
Speaking of installation, it is always a good idea to have a professional install your fiber cement siding. The fiber cement is heavier and more difficult to work with. It is also harder to cut and tends to leave behind quite a mess with dust. Choose a professional that has experience working with James Hardie’s fiber cement collection.
Another important thing to consider is the weather in your area. The climate has a lot to do with how well your building materials are going to stand the test of time. Durability is something that James Hardie does not take lightly. In fact, they focus on ensuring that their products are made for the region and climate that they will be used. So, the Hardie fiber cement siding you purchase in the cold, wet northern areas may be different than what you purchase in the blistering heat of the south. This is just another way that they set themselves apart from the competition.
Hardie Board vs. Hardboard
There are actually a lot of imitators out there Hardie Board is named after the manufacturing company, James Hardie. There are a lot of other materials out there that have a similar name, including Hardboard. Hardboard, however, is just a type of particle board that is made up of wood fibers and pressed out to form a dense material. It is not nearly as durable and is not going to offer any of the advantages that Hardie Board does. Be careful not to get confused by some of the other fiber cement products on the market as well. James Hardie has built a reputation for themselves, and others just simply cannot compare.
Comparing the Cost of Hardie Fiber Cement Siding with Other Types of Siding
As you decide which type of siding is best for your home, it is inevitable that pricing is going to play an important part in that. The price of something is typically higher if it offers better durability or more advantages. Fiber cement siding is considerably more expensive than vinyl siding, but you have to consider what you are working with. Vinyl siding has a tendency to be cheap, which makes it still a popular choice. The problem you run into is that it tends to warp over time, and can even melt if the temperatures get too extreme.
In comparison to cedar wood and brick, however, Hardie board is a little bit less expensive. It does tend to have a little bit more cost involved with the labor, though. This is because the installation of fiber cement siding is not something that you can skimp out on. If it is not done correctly, it can cost you a lot of money down the road.
If you are ready to have your Hardie siding installed, contact us today at Hatch Homes. We have years of experience working with fiber cement siding, and we can get the job done right the first time around. Whether you are building a new home, or you are just replacing the siding on your existing home, we would love to help. Contact us today to get a free estimate, and discuss your options with one of our professional contractors.