When considering to add aesthetics to your home’s exterior, home siding is a practical consideration. Siding or wall cladding is the material that clads, covers, or protects the exterior walls of a home. The primary purpose of house siding is to protect the home and contents within. In cold climates, properly installed siding over properly installed wall insulation will protect the interior of the home from the cold outside and will keep in the heat inside. In warmer climates, siding serves the exact opposite purpose. Home sidings choices are available in countless options in Edmonton. Out of these many types, Hardie board siding is considered to be one of the best choices.
Let us take a look at Hardie boards in detail.
Hardie board siding, created by James Hardie and also known as cement board siding, has been around forever, but its popularity seems to have multiplied in the last few years. Hardie board siding material remains the number one siding and continues to be the top of the line fibre cement siding in major parts of Canada and America. Fibre cement is a composite material composed of cellulose wood fibres, cement, sand, and water. As such, it is a durable material designed to mimic wood.
James Hardie boards provide a vast variety of design options, from vertical and horizontal paneling with a smooth or rough texture to shingles and stucco. They are available in several styles and colour options that can match your home’s exterior. The number of options allows you to achieve whatever look you desire for your property. For example, there is Hardie Plank lap siding, Hardie Shingle Siding, Hardie Vertical Siding, Hardie Trim Planks, and Hardie Panel.
Thanks to the wide range of colours and style availability, Hardie Board can mimic wood lap, cedar shakes, and wood shingles. It has grooves and grains that are designed to mimic the look of wood. These textures are a result of embossing. This produces the attractiveness that real wood provides a home, but without the time-consuming care.
Unlike wood siding, which needs to be repainted every few years, Hardie Board requires less maintenance across its lifespan. The baked-on ColorPlus technology that James Hardie uses to coat its products keeps colours locked in and vibrant longer. A 15-year warranty on the finish accompanies these colours. Colours and the top coat don’t fade and are less likely to scratch. James Hardie gives you a 30 year warranty on the fiber cement substrate. Giving the home owner peace of mind.
Hardie boards are four basic ingredients are sand and cement and cellulose fiber, which are fire-resistant. Also, strong winds and hail can cause damage to vinyl siding. However, the makeup and strength of fibre cement make Hardie Board siding more resistant to heavy impacts. These external factors don’t cause the Hardie board siding to warp, dent, crack, swell, bow, or cup. Not only this, the cellulose fiber used in Hardie boards is infused with cement, so the siding is not impervious to pests and other insect attacks. Resistance to these factors is the biggest reason why fibre-cement is considered to be the best siding material.
We already saw how resistant this siding material is. Along with this property, Hardie boards come with a warranty of about 50 years. They can withstand almost any element or weather condition from mother nature. With proper installation and care, your siding will have a worry free warrantied replacement, or it may never need replacement at all.
Hardie boards have no asbestos, glass fibres, or formaldehyde, which makes it a safe building product as well. The materials are low in toxicity, which is why they don’t harm the environment. Plus, they require far less lumber than wood siding, which ultimately preserves our precious forests.
Unlike aluminum or vinyl siding, fibre cement siding has to be repainted. While the paint job lasts longer than usual, normally about 15 -25 years, the siding does require painting after some time. The ColorPlus warranty guarantees the finish for 15 years. If you have to have it scraped, primed, and painted before that 15 years are up, the warranty covers the labour and paint. After that, you have to pay for the upkeep. Apart from these, you may have to wash the siding with a garden hose or wipe it clean once a year or more often depending on where you live. Keep in mind Vinyl siding will eventually fade.
Installation of Hardie board siding is a bit more expensive. Labour costs are slightly higher because fibre cement requires more manpower to deliver and install. The cost can be two to three times higher than aluminum or vinyl siding. And if you think that you’ll sell your home soon, say within a few years, then this siding material may not be the right one for you.
Installing Hardie boards may take more than two week’s worth of time. This siding requires more detailed planning and at least a 2 man crew for installation. The installation also usually takes longer, since the Hardie boards are heavier and harder to work with.
Under no circumstances should you install or repair the Hardie board siding on your own. A poor installation and mistakes made during the repair process can void the warranty on your siding. Not hiring a professional who is Hardie trained can cost you more down the road than the initial labour cost. Therefore, if you are planning to install Hardie boards, hire a reputed and experienced team of siding experts.