Fiber cement siding, also known as Hardie Board siding was invented by James Hardie Building products. It is a combination of sand, plant fibers and cement. Although other companies manufacture it, it has become known to the masses as Hardie Board (similar to Kleenex is to tissue paper).
Fun Facts about Hardie Board:
- Over 5 times thicker than vinyl
- Resists warping, sagging and melting
- Resists the effects of moisture, insects and damage from mold
- It’s heavy – 100 square feet of Hardie Board weighs 300 lbs compared to 60-70 lbs of vinyl
Hardie Board is generally more expensive than vinyl and less expensive than stucco and natural stone. You can expect material costs of $2.50-$3.00 per square foot and labour costs of $3-$4 per square foot.
Hardie Board has been installed in over 8 million homes in North America – a number that continues to grow. Hardie Board is increasing in popularity due to its durability (especially in the extreme Saskatchewan climate) and it’s beautiful, natural wood look. The product comes in a variety of textures, widths and colors to complement your style.
If you are looking to replace your current siding with Hardie Board, post your project at Kijenga.com. We will connect you with certified contractors!