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Looking Into the Pros, Cons, and Cost Considerations of Hardie Board Siding


Hardie Board Siding, which was first designed and created by James Hardie, is a popular option for innovative siding for homes and businesses of all sizes. Commonly called cement board siding, this product has been around for decades. During this time, it has always had a strong following over the years, with cyclic peaks in popularity among residential and commercial owners. Its popularity lies in the fact that it is low-maintenance, long-lasting, and attractive.  Many business owners and homeowners alike ask us about Hardie Board Siding, so we wanted to address the questions our customers are asking about this product. Here are the pros, cons, and costs associated with this popular siding option:

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The Pros

The reason Hardie Board Siding has always remained a popular choice for siding, especially in this modern age, is the impressive list of pros associated with it:

  • Longevity: Hardie Board Siding usually comes with an impressive warranty of at least 10-15 years. It is also resistant to rust, rot, mold, decay, and insect damage. This is something that sets it apart from most of the other siding options out there.
  • Appearance: Many people love this siding because it can easily be fashioned to resemble other siding materials, including wood and tile. Color options are limitless and just about any color palette can be easily matched with this siding material.
  • Fire Resistance: Hardie Board Siding offers something no other siding option has been able to up to this point- it is extremely fire resistant. This siding is more than 90 percent sand and cement and has impressive fire retardation properties homeowners love.
  • Storm Resistance: Another reason people love this product is that it is extremely durable and resisted wear and tear. Whether it is normal sun and rain, or the effects of massive storms, hail, and wind, Hardie Board Siding holds up better than anything else available.

siding optioinsThe Cons

Like all things in life, there are some downsides to using Hardie Board Siding on your home or business, and it is important to know these before choosing this siding option.

  • High Installation Cost: Because it is a highly-specialized type of siding, a lot more goes into making, preparing, and installing Hardie Board Siding than more traditional siding. More tools are required, more planning is needed, and more preparation work is necessary to get the location ready for the siding. This, in turn, can result in higher installation costs by the end of the project.
  •  Labor Costs: There also needs to be a larger labor force involved with even a seemingly simple installation project. This is largely due to the fact that this siding type is very heavy and cumbersome. 100 square feet of Hardie Board Siding can weight as much as  300 pounds compared to 60-70 pounds for the same amount of traditional vinyl siding. This means more work, more hands involved, and a longer timeline for completion.
  • Maintenance: Hardie Board Siding is often thought to be relatively maintenance free, and while it is true it is resistant to things like decay, rot, and insect damage, it does still need some maintenance. The siding needs to be re-painted every 10-15 years to keep it looking fresh and vibrant. Most installations have a warranty that covers the paint-job but it will still need to be re-painted several times during the lifespan of the building.

home siding optionsThe Cost

The biggest question we get about Hardie Board Siding is its costs. Like many things involved with home improvement and construction, there is no clear-cut answer. Hardie Board Siding can cost anywhere from $0.70 to $5.25 per square foot on average. This means the average sized home could cost from $4,700 to $13,300 for siding. The wide range in cost is due to many factors that are determined by the specific project at hand- size of the building, the area being covered, environmental factors, man-hours, style and type of Hardie Board Siding being used, and other factors that can influence the final cost. For many of our customers though, the benefits far outweigh any costs involved with getting the siding installed. Most of our customers are very satisfied with their siding choice when they decide to go with Hardie Board Siding for their home or business.

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The costs and benefits of Hardie Board Siding can vary from one region to another, so be sure to look at all the pros and cons as you make a decision about whether it is the right choice for your needs. If you have questions or concerns or need more information, the team here at Stay Dry Roofing is ready to help you with all your siding needs. We have years of experience working with Hardie Board Siding and other siding materials, so give us a call and let us help you find the siding options that are right for you!

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