James Hardie siding is considered the leader in fiber cement, having basically invented the technology. Today the Australian based company has many cladding products that sell very well across the world.
Basics Of James Hardie Siding
James Hardie and Andrew Reid started their company nearly a 150 years ago — Hardie sold his 50% of the company to Reid when he retired in 1911. From that time until 1995, the Reid family worked to grow the Australian based business. The company is publicly traded with a board of directors, a world wide distribution system etc. Their most popular product, Hardie Board or Hardiplank is a fiber cement product that was developed during the 80s. HardiePlank and the other related James Hardie products have proved very popular, despite health related problems associated with inhaling fiber cement particles (this was really never a concern for homeowners, just the installers and contractors who worked with the boards and made all the cuts etc.) Read more on fiber cement siding reviews.
James Hardie Siding Cost
Entry To Mid Range: $5.00 – $7.50 psf
Homeowners will pay $500 to $750 per square installed.
Mid Range To High End: $7.50 – $10.00 psf
Homeowners will pay $750 to $1,000 per square installed.
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James Hardie Products
HardiPlank Lap Siding
This is the flagship of their products. According to the company, HardiePlank has been installed on 4 million homes. It is undoubtedly stronger than vinyl siding, although it certainly is more expensive as well.
This product aims to recreate the warm look of cedar shingle siding. Of course, it is not prone to damage from insects, mildew or rotting that can occur with the natural cedar shingles. It is available in numerous decorative edges and a whole host of colors.
HardiePanel Vertical Siding
This is their vertical siding that is similar to the lap except of course vertical instead of horizontal. They claim is is a shear panel which can be used to create board and batten siding.
These are used to frame windows, corners, friezes and columns.
These are pre-cut panels that can be non-vented or vented.
Artisan Exterior Design
This is a new architectural line for accent and trim pieces.
This is a stronger panel product line that can provide superior weather protection.
James Hardie Siding Warranty
Paint & Labor: 15 years