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Old 03-28-2017, 07:41 AM
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Looking to replace weathered aluminum siding and considering Hardie plank siding. Looking for reviews for this product. I would also be replacing all wood/aluminum wrapped trim with Azek. House and trim is white and plan to keep the color.

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good durable choice.
Hardy will need to be painted over time but the PVC trim should be maintenance free.

IIRC people were having problems with Hardy siding because of improper installation.

So it goes without saying, hire the best installer you can.
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We have Hardy on our house and I have friends with Hardy on their homes. Seems to hold paint better the most products and our Hardy was factory painted. So far so good.
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Don't overthink it....it's a great product.
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Had it on our last two houses we built and wouldn't use anything else. First one, after 15 years looks like new.
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My house has same set up. In a very harsh environment. Looks brand new. Worth every penny.
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We replaced asbestos shingle siding a few years ago with Hardie and azek trim and love how it came out. making sure whomever installs it has experience installing Hardie is important.
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They used to make roofing products, I was on one of their roof where a swamp cooler had a small leak, the water dripped on the Hardie Shingles and actually dripped all the way through, turned the Hardie into the consistency of graham crackers, pure garbage.
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Our house is 20 years old. No issues with it.
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I was Going to do Hardie in Rhode Island and The General Census of Professionals in that area advised against it.....They said they had issues near the water and a few neighbors that used in had problems also....Thats not saying it was an install issue but I opted with Vinyl Siding with Azek Trim.....No Painting for me! I did read about a few Pending Lawsuits against Hardie also that helped me decide!
I'm not a big fan of Vinyl but I went with Certain Teed and it looks fine!
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Hardie is a great product and so is the Certainteed brand. Proper installation is key, as with any siding it has to be flashed properly. Place a small sheet of 30 lb felt or sheet vinyl behind each butt joint and back caulk. The approach that I use is that caulk is cosmetic and should never be what keeps water out. Look into blind nailing, makes for a better appearance. Some wind codes are against it but it comes down to exposure ie for a 5 1/2 exposure go with a wider plank and nail toward the upper part of the siding but only high enough for the next lap to cover. With this method you are actually fastening closer to the center without exposing the nails. For nails use Maze brand hot dipped galvanized with a ring shank and larger head.
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Hardie on two houses and shop 15 years on all three no issues.

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Pick a factory painted color. Lasts 15-20 years.

loved it on my past custom house I built.
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See Fuzz post #4
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Consider Boral for your trim material in place of the vinyl. It does not expand and contract like vinyl. It is made from flyash and has a wood grain side and a smooth side. I'm very happy with it and my factory stained white cedar shingles.
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Hardie is a great product. Download their best practices for installation (field painting cuts, flashing behind butt joints (not with felt), etc) and make the installer follow.

I am going with pre painted hardi on my new house. Board and Batten and Lap.
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Thanks for the feed back! Installer is recommended by neighbor that is project manager for multi-million dollar home builder and he and his father personally use him too.
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Originally Posted by Regulator29 View Post
Thanks for the feed back! Installer is recommended by neighbor that is project manager for multi-million dollar home builder and he and his father personally use him too.
Again, make them follow the best practices manual on the website to a T. There are two out there as they make different products and different installations for different climate zones. I believe your are in zone 5.
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
Again, make them follow the best practices manual on the website to a T. There are two out there as they make different products and different installations for different climate zones. I believe your are in zone 5.
That is great advise and I've downloaded the best practices doc for Hardie Plank HZ-5.
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we have another brand of hardi on our home. I love the look. much more custom and "better" looking than vinyl. we will have to paint in 20ish years, but by then we will probably want to change the look of the house anyway.

I believe it has the same or close fire rating as brick? as in you can typically get a reduction in HO insurance after installing fiber cement board. it will absolutely turn to mush if it gets wet which isn't a problem unless it's improperly installed. we put gutter guards on the house to hopefully protect the fascia boards.
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