HardiPlank Siding: Pros and Cons

Choosing the appropriate siding for your home can lead you to many products, all of which have unique advantages. HardiPlank, or fiber cement siding, is an environmentally-friendly product that offers beauty and impressive longevity.

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What is Fiber Cement Siding?

Fiber cement siding is a unique blend of materials that falls somewhere between vinyl siding and clapboard. Cement siding is created of a hollow cement shell with wood fibers running through it. Fiber cement siding looks just like wood when properly installed, but it offers benefits that wood cannot, such as a resistance to termites.

What to Expect from HardiPlank

HardiPlank is a common name for fiber cement siding. Just as with any other building material, there are advantages and disadvantages to this innovative product:

  • Cement siding can last at least fifty years, and could provide good service much longer if painted and properly maintained.
  • Cement is a readily available material, and the cellulose fibers in the siding are never taken from endangered trees. This makes it a green building material.
  • Cement siding is impervious to termites and other insects who love to bore into clapboard. It is also very resistant to problems with moisture and mold.
  • HardiPlank is considered a neutral building product. This means it is not fireproof, but is very fire-resistant, and offers better fire protection than wood or vinyl.
  • These advantages are not cheap: Fiber cement siding can cost three times more than vinyl siding, and thanks to the tough nature of the material, professional installation is usually required. The contractors who do have experience with installing cement siding are few and far between, which means they can charge a premium for their services.