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o/t house siding question

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by jbmi, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. jbmi

    jbmi Well-Known Member

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    I have most of my high end contractors request I specify fibercement siding for their projects. (NW Mich) A trade name for this product is Hardiplank. You can get it in about 4 different horz. patterns and two different shingle patterns.
    It also comes with a 30-year warranty. I'm not selling this stuff, just telling you what contractors up here want me to show on my drawings.
    www.jameshardie.com
     
  2. C Prince

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    I will second hardiplank siding. Never have to paint it and you don't have to worry about it rotting or water damage.

    Chad
     
  3. Southern Gent

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    Ditto the above.

    Anyone who can afford it in this area is using Hardiplank in replacement or new construction. A little more expensive installed, but long term costs make it cheaper.
     
  4. nicky

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    duat4fun, I used the JamesHardie Hardie plank on my garage I built 4 years ago. It was early November when we painted it. I live in N.West PA and we had a nice sunny day, temp. mid 60's. The wife and I painted the whole garage in a afternoon, one coat on a 32 x 44 garage. The easiest product I've ever painted. Someday I'll put another coat on it, but it looks great with just one. It looks as if we just painted it, no pell, no lamination, The plank I used was preprimed. Use either galvanized or stainless nails. I would use the product again with out a question. The material is heavier than other products. Being cement fiber board you will go through a lot of saw blades., Kevin
     
  5. shooterIII

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    Ditto on the fiber cement siding. I just did my cabin in northern Minnesota, you can get it primed (you have to paint it yourself) or get it prepainted, which the paint is warranted for 20 years. As far as the saw blade is concerned, buy the saw blade that is made for Hardy Plank and it will last a long time. My cabin was 2000 ft sq and the blade is still good .

    Stan
     
  6. Iampro-hunting

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    I have a less than 2 year old house that the Hardiplank cement siding that has cracks all over it. The siding cracked within one year and I am still fighting with the contractor and Hardiplank to get it replaced. Hardi did make an offer but it is half of what it will cost to reside the house and I would have to sign a paper that they would not be responsible for any future problems(I wonder why that is so important to them)!
    The contractor did tell me they have other houses with the same problem. They said it seems to happen more often with the lighter colors for some reason.

    I had heard hardi was really good stuff; that is why we went with it. No way in hell would I spend that money again on hardi.
     
  7. cdan12

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    I have been in the siding business for over 40 years, I have resided (covered over) about 25 hard board sided houses that had various problems like cracking,warping,constant peeling and water infiltration (the worst problem) I would never recommend or install it,it has all the problems that were associated with masonite and is that product with 10% cement added, there are several vinyl products that are problem free and look like cedar shake,brick , stone as well as the traditional clap board shape,there are also several vinyl products that will cause more problems then they solve,do a search on polar wall and judge for your self. Dan Witcher
     
  8. cdan12

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    I have been in the siding business for over 40 years, I have resided (covered over) about 25 hardy board sided houses that had various problems like cracking,warping,constant peeling and water infiltration (the worst problem) I would never recommend or install it,it has all the problems that were associated with masonite and is that product with 10% cement added, there are several vinyl products that are problem free and look like cedar shake,brick , stone as well as the traditional clap board shape,there are also several vinyl products that will cause more problems then they solve,do a search on polar wall and judge for your self. Dan Witcher
     
  9. higun

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    Vinyl is final!

    cdan12 - any relation to Mark?
     
  10. cdan12

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    not that I know of, Dan Witcher
     
  11. shooterIII

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    Like I said I have fiber cement on my cabin. My garage has vinyl and this summer we had a storm with baseball size hail. The roof on my cabin and garage is trashed, the outside furniture is trashed, broken windows. The vinyl siding on the garage where the hail hit has to be replaced. However all sides have to be replaced because vinyl on the sides not hit are faded to the point that the new siding cannot be matched to it. The fiber cement is not damaged at all. I am replacing the vinyl with fiber cement.

    Stan
     
  12. zzt

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    If you are considering fibercement cladding, have an qualified Engineer evaluate your house first. It weighs way more than vinyl or conventional materials, and 2x4 construction is probably not going to support it properly. As it settles (quickly) you'll get cracks, and a lot of the other complaints mentioned above. New construction is 2x6 minimum and supports the weight much better.
     
  13. tgun90

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    Brick it and forget it.
     
  14. dhwbailey

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    Up here in Canada, we use brick. Lasts forever, never needs painting. Available in a whole lot of colours.
     
  15. Tdog

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    8 yrs ago my father and I resided a 3-season porch with James Hardie fiber cement sheet siding. Those 4X8 sheets are very heavy! We put two coats of paint on it at that time and it is still in excellant shape. My dad lives in central Minnesota and the siding still looks great. Another thing to think about is that as your property taxes are based on the value of your home, your taxes may increase significantly if you reside with brick or other siding materials.
     
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