Searching for the best siding can be a challenging task. Many homeowners are torn between installing cheap yet unattractive vinyl siding or spend a significant amount of money restoring or installing wood siding, which, will require a lot of maintenance and will eventually need replacing after several years. Now, let me do the honors of sharing with you a considerable middle ground between those two choices: James Hardie’s HardiePlank.
While you must have heard about it before, I won’t be surprised if you are still wondering what makes it gain as much popularity, so here goes the reasons why you should also consider getting it for your home.
Cement board siding such as the HardiePlank is a clear winner if you want optimal protection for your home against the elements. Whether you are looking for a material that can withstand the next Katrina or survive a hailstorm without worrying about damage, HardiePlank is made not to disappoint.
HardiePlank is a neutral building product. This means that it does not have combustible properties unlike wood which is obviously a highly combustible material or vinyl that will essentially feed the flames being a petroleum-based product. However, please note that fire-resistant is different from fireproof — but no siding or building is fireproof in the first place, unless it is made of solid brick walls.
Wood siding’s other enemy besides rot are termites. Thankfully, HardiePlank does not have that kind of enemy. Termites and other pests such as carpenter ants are attracted to the cellulose fiber found in wood. While HardiePlank cement board siding also is made with cellulose fiber, it does not have enough to get the interest of insects.
Furthermore, rodents will not have the time and energy to bite their way into a HardiePlank given its hardness and durability.
Weather-resistant, fire-resistant, and pest-resistant — if these don’t make for a highly durable material that can stand the test of time, I don’t know what is. James Hardie’s HardiePlank lap siding comes with a 30-year non-prorated, transferable, limited warranty, while the coating is warranted by the paint manufacturer as long as you own the home. Depending on the contractor, you can also get labor warranty. These guarantees are made to give you the peace of mind that you are not purchasing and installing just another siding product that will only last you a decade or so.
A common reason shared by many homeowners who choose HardiePlank over vinyl siding is that it looks very much like wood sans the cons. Once installed, the hollow spaces underneath creates the illusion that it is as thick as wood. It also has a wood grain appearance, although thinner and more (obviously) patterned and uniform than real wood. Only after close scrutiny and inspection can a person notice that your siding is not real wood — but who would actually look at your siding that close?
Alright, let’s be realistic here, not everyone will buy a material just because it’s green, but some really do care. After all, going green on your home improvements can grant you some federal tax credits, and you cannot deny that being environment-friendly is a plus. HardiePlank does not cause the death of endangered trees (like wood siding does) and does not have toxic materials (like vinyl siding potentially does). Additionally, as it can last for about half a century or more, you will not need to opt for a replacement soon, saving the Earth from dealing with additional waste.
Mark Olsen is one of the keys in the success of Krumwiede Roofing and Exteriors since he joined in 2008. He has a vast experience in the exterior industry that he’s gained through the years of working hands-on since he was in High School. His goal to serve their customers has paved the way in writing down tips on the company’s blog.