Hardie® Board, named for James Hardie, is one of the most popular exteriors you can have on your house. Wood fiber and cement are the two primary materials it’s made of and it comes in a wide variety of styles, textures, and colors. Here’s why everyone loves it:
- The wood texture looks just like actual wood.
- It’s super durable: it’s made of concrete, unlike most other types of siding like, say, vinyl.
- It stands up to whatever Mother Nature decides to dole out. In fact, they created The Hardie Zone™ so that you get the right product(s) for the weather in your region.
- It’s thicker and the manufacturer’s warranty is longer.
- It’s cheaper than brick. And here in North Texas with crazy things like tornados, hail and so on that descend upon us, it’s a very smart choice.
As you can see, there are so many pluses. But hang on, you’ve got a lot of options. Here’s your official Peak Roofing & Construction rundown on Hardie® Board siding.
Hardie Plank Lap Siding: The Basics
Timeless, sleek and strong, this is your classic Hardie board. You’ve no doubt seen it on many houses.
The Brand: Cedarmill® is one of the most common. It’s soft and completely passes for wood.
The Colors: The color palette of The Statement Collection™ is ample and gorgeous. It’s comprised of distinctive shades—everything from Grey Slate and Navajo Beige to Boothbay Blue and Mountain Sage. But their beauty is more than just skin deep. Their Baked-on ColorPlus® Technology provides greater resistance to fading, chipping, and cracking. It’s an all-around good bet—less maintenance for you.
The Dream Collection™ will also “wow” you. Why? It features over 700 colors. Pretty much, if you can dream it, they’ve got it!
Primed for Paint is also an option. This way, you can go to your local paint store and make your vision a reality.
Hardie Architectural Collection: Blueprint for Success
This versatile option is all about panels and trims. Cool, modern textures and architectural lines allow you to create a gorgeous exterior that fits your style, whether it’s traditional or ultramodern, or somewhere betwixt and between.
Three Types. All Sandsational.
Fine Sand. These are even-textured, smooth, and have a consistent finish so they’re sleek and stylish. The shiplap joints create V-grooved lines to jazz things up. You can install the panels horizontally or vertically—it’s up to you and your imagination!
Fine Sand-Grooved. These are also even-textured, smooth and have a consistent finish, but here’s the difference: They’ve got grooves that are milled into each panel every 16 inches. The result? Clean, architectural lines. They can also be installed horizontally and vertically. You’re the artist.
Mounded Sand. If you want a rough-textured, traditional look, you’ll love this one. Shiplap joints create (yet again) V-grooved lines for a rugged-ish vibe. These can also be installed horizontally or vertically.
You can’t go wrong with any of these!
Hardie Shingle Siding: Like the Real Thing
These babies look like cedar — but they’re not. (Sensing a theme?) And they’re better than wood. They don’t:
- Or split
These shingles look really great on Cape Cod and cottage-style homes, but don’t limit yourself. You can use them to highlight a gable or bring some attention, some pizzaz, to the top half of your house.
Two Types. Have a Panel Discussion.
Straight Edge Panel. Sleek-lined and classic, these shingles can soften modern homes or help refine more rustic dwellings.
Staggered Edge Panel. Much the same as above, but also inviting and laid-back, if you like to things that are a little more carefree.
Hardie Panel Vertical Siding: An Upstanding Choice
With these types, you’ll want to combine them with the Trim Boards for a roughhewn, board-and-batten look. Or you can choose a tasteful look of simple vertical lines. If you’ve got a farm-house style or modern home, these look amazing.
Four Types. Straight Up Awesome.
Cedarmill. Again, this looks like the real thing.
Smooth. For those who like everything neat and tidy, this is for you.
Stucco. This choice is warm and inviting, and looks authentic, but provides fiber cement’s superior strength.
Sierra 8. A subtle combo of interesting texture with linear details.
Hardie Trim Boards: Giving You the Edge
Talk about accent options, you’ve got ‘em. Trim works especially well for:
- And much more!
One of the best things? Trim adds color to your exterior, whether you use it in a lighter or darker shade that contrasts to your home’s primary color. These kind of flourishes can really improve the overall look and feel of your house.
Six Types. Improve Your Profile.
4/4 Rustic. These are wood-like and can give you a retro aka vintage look and feel. On top of this, it’s resistant to warp and rot.
4/4 Smooth. Streamlined and timeless. Always a good choice.
5/4 Rustic. Like the previous measurement, this type has a raised texture and looks just like wood, but it’s resistant to warping and rotting.
5/4 Smooth. Crisp and seamless, it can tie your home’s exterior color palette together.
Rustic Grain© Batten Boards. With a rustic-grain finish, your home will be traditionally charming.
Smooth Batten Boards. They’re a contemporary take on the classic board and batten look.
Hardie Soffit Panels: Bridging the Gap
In addition to being key construction element, soffits reinforce the space between your eaves and exterior walls. They also protect from moisture and those pesky pests, but here’s another perk: they meet code requirements.
Four Types. Filling in For You.
Non-Vented Cedarmill. Raised texture and looks like, you guessed it, wood. But unlike wood, it resists warping and rotting.
Vented Cedarmill. Mimics wood, has vents and meet those important code requirements.
Non-Vented Smooth. A wonderful complement for smooth, as well as textured sliding.
Vented Smooth. Elegant and pairs beautifully with smooth siding.
Hardie Weather Barrier Products: Second to None
While Hardie Board, in general, is amazingly sturdy, this material is a critical second line of defense. It’s specifically engineered to make sure that it’ll be nearly impervious (think Fort Knox) to all the chaos that comes with the elements—from hail and high water, ice and snow, to droughts and crazy heat (like in Texas).
Four Types. Tough Stuff.
Weather Barrier. It’s water resistant and breathes. Keeps your walls dry, which helps prevent mildew and guards against energy loss.
Pro-Flashing. Made of butyl rubber self-adhesive, so it’s relatively easy to apply: you peel and stick it around windows. Helps prevent water and air getting in. It also self-seals around fasteners.
Flex Flashing. Easily stretches and seals around custom shapes like windows and doorsills, which helps block water and air making its way into your home.
Seam Tape. Similar to Flex Flashing. Just another great option.
Let the Professionals Take This One
DIYers, we know how good it feels to complete projects by yourself. However, over the years, we’ve received calls from these brave souls expressing frustration when trying to put up siding. If you don’t want to rent scaffolding, measure, hang, nail and all that, we’re ready to help.
One last note: We also offer a 5-point guarantee, something a lot of other folks don’t.
Like we said, we’re standing by. Make Peak Roofing & Construction your first call for Hadie Board siding installation in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin. Schedule a free inspection and estimate today.