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HardiePlank siding gets its name from James Hardie, who created this versatile and durable siding option. While it has been around for a long time, its popularity is sometimes high and other times not so much. The reason for this is that there are various pros and cons to consider, and if you look at both sides and have realistic expectations, you'll be in a better position to determine if this is the right choice for you.
One of the most popular features of HardiePlank siding is how long it lasts. The warranties are often as long as 50 years on this type of siding product because it stands up to anything you can dish at it, including being both insect and rot resistant. One trait that will give you peace of mind is that it is also fire resistant, since 90% of its composition, namely cement and sand, is inherently fire resistant. Even adverse weather rarely damages this durable material.
Not only is HardiePlank siding strong, but it is also very versatile. The many options appear like other types of materials, such as cedar shingles and wood shake siding. The finish color choices are practically unlimited, so you can easily get the result you desire. One last consideration is to make a call to your insurance company because some offer a premium discount if you have this siding, presumably because of its fire resistance.
The cost of the materials is similar to other siding options. However, because this product is quite heavy, weighing more than three times that of vinyl, it is more costly to install because it takes a larger labor force to get the job done. Overall, you can expect to pay about 40% more than you would for vinyl siding. Weigh this against the 20-30 year lifespan of vinyl, however, and you'll likely end up better off in the long run with the HardiePlank Siding.
One other consideration is that while vinyl needs very little in the way of maintenance, you will need to have the HardiePlank siding finish redone periodically, and the warranty on the finish itself is less - usually 15 years.
If you have questions about HardiePlank siding or other types of siding, call us at Reformed Exteriors. We offer plenty of options, including cedar siding, vinyl siding, and HardiePlank siding. We service upstate South Carolina, including Easley, Greenville, and Anderson.