Cement, Hardie-Board Siding
Many people wonder, what is the difference between cement board siding and hardie board siding. Well to make a long story short, cement board siding and Hardie board siding are basically the same thing. Hardy board siding is a brand of cement board siding. Since the invention of cement board siding over 100 years ago, there are several different companies now manufacturing different kinds of cement board siding.
Cement Board Siding
Cement board siding has all the same pluses and negatives that a Hardie siding would have. In most cases, you can find a cement board siding that is made with a simulated wood grain, a stucco look, or can be very smooth and plain. Cement board siding is waterproof, and can withstand extremely strong winds, rain, hail, salt air and is extremely fire resistant.
If you install a fiber cement siding on your home, you can expect it to last the entire lifetime of your home. The best part about cement siding, is it’s low maintenance. Unlike a wood or vinyl siding, Hardie siding will resist mold and mildew. As with a wood or vinyl siding, you will notice that every other month or so you must clean the exterior of your home to avoid the growth of mold and mildew.
Cement board siding comes pre-primed and ready to paint. You can even find pre-painted, or pre-colored cement board siding. This saves you the time and hassle of having to paint the cement board siding after it is installed. Simply install the cement board siding, caulk it with a clear caulking, touch up any unpainted areas and you are done. If you do buy a pre-primed cement board siding and paint it yourself, paint will likely never peel or chip from the surface of the fiber cement board.
Cement board siding may be a little more costly than that of a traditional wood or most vinyl siding. However, if you take into account that a cement siding will last longer, and have less maintenance, you might come to the conclusion that paying a little more upfront will be worth it in the long run. Remember that the exterior of your home is the first thing that people see when they pull into your driveway, so choosing a tough, good looking exterior siding such as cement board, is a great way to make that first impression.
Hardie board siding is an ideal long lasting siding for any home. Hardie board comes in many sizes including 4×8 sheets, 3×5 sheets, 4×4 sheets, and also in planks. Hardie board siding also comes with designs to give the appearance of brick, wood, and vinyl siding. It has been proven to last 30 plus years in harsh weather of all kinds. Cold, heat, snow, rain…etc. It has the awesome ability to stay submerged in water yet keep its shape and strength, without molding or falling apart.
Hardie Board siding takes paint and caulk very well. It is priced comparable to wood siding, but will long outlast it. If you are going for ease of installation by all means choose the hardie board siding over the planks, but for that unique look of planks, you dont have much choice but to use the planks. Planks take more time to install and are long and bulky, making them hard to handle by yourself. Special hardie screws have been made to make sure your hardie does not out last your screws.
Hardie can be hung with nails, or screws, but if using nails make sure to use a ring shank nail that will not easily be pulled from the surface it is nailed to. I prefer using a senco screw gun when installing hardie board siding, it has almost the speed of a nail gun, with the strength of a screw.