What Is Hardie Board Siding?

by Team eLocal
This is a single family home that is new construction cottage style house with hardy board and a partial metal roof. It is grey with a teal door and there is great curb appeal. The house has a double front entrance and it is on a large lot.

If you're in the market for new siding, you're likely evaluating lots of options with varying price points, styles and benefits. Learn more about Hardie Board siding to determine if it's a good fit for your home and budget.

What Is Hardie Board Siding?

Hardie Board siding is a brand of fiber cement siding, but the term is used to describe many types of fiber cement siding.

Fiber cement siding consists of cement, sand, water and cellulose fibers to create a semi-rigid siding material with some flexibility. Each manufacturer has proprietary additives that go into the mix to improve the performance of the siding.

It's typically embossed to resemble wood siding and comes in various styles to look like different types of siding, including lap boards and cedar shingles. It's a durable siding option with fire and insect resistance. Hardie Board is low-maintenance, and you can easily repaint it when needed.

How Much Does It Cost to Install on Average?

Installing brand-name Hardie Board siding typically ranges from $9.50 to $16.50 per square foot, with an average cost between $19,000 and $33,000 for the typical home. The installation portion accounts for roughly $400 to $1,100 per square (100 square feet) of fiber cement siding. The exact price varies because Hardie Board siding is sold through independent dealers. Factors in the pricing include your location, the type of Hardie Board siding you choose and the complexity of the job.

The cost of Hardie Board siding generally falls between other products. It's less expensive than brick and synthetic stucco, but you'll pay more for it than you would for vinyl siding.

How Long Does Hardie Board Siding Last?

Hardie Board siding can typically last about 50 years or more if it's installed properly and you take care of it well. The James Hardie siding products include a 30-year warranty.

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