Devoloped by James Hardie, Hardie board is a siding made of fiber cement. Cement is combined with sand, water and cellulose wood fibers to make a solid building material well suited for protecting the exterior of a building.
Advantages Over Wood and Vinyl
Hardie board is a non combustible alternative to wood and vinyl sidings. The cement-board siding is more durable and rot-resistant than wood. Increased impact resistance over wood and vinyl and this has made it a top choice for individuals living in hurricane-prone areas.
The board is designed in two thicknesses, HZ5 and HZ10, to meet the different insulation requirements of the northern and southern United States.
The Look of Hardie Board
Hardie board simulates the look of real wood. It is offered in vertical reversed board and batten, horizontal wood-simulated siding and shingle-siding styles.
Resistance to insects is a major selling point of Hardie board over wood. Termites, carpenter bees and other wood eating insects do not eat cement fiber board.
Hardie board comes with a 30-year warranty. This length of warranty is not possible with vinyl and wood siding.
Joshua Kinser began writing professionally in 1999. He has worked as a staff writer for the "Pensacola News Journal" and is the author of Moon Handbook's "Guide to the Florida Gulf Coast." Kinser earned an Associate of Arts in journalism with an emphasis in biology from Pensacola State College.