June 1, 2022

What Is Hardie Board?

What is fiber cement siding? Grennan Construction is a proud installer of James Hardie fiber cement siding which combines the best wood siding features with metal or vinyl durability.

What Is Hardie Board? Functional And Attractive Siding

The siding you use for your home has a significant impact on both the look and functionality of the house. Historically, wood products have been used as the outer shell of homes. Beginning in the 1950s, vinyl siding began to increase in popularity because it improved upon wood siding in terms of its functionality.
Hardie board was introduced to the construction industry in the 1980s as a significant improvement to both wood and vinyl siding. Hardie board gets its name from the James Hardie Company, which invented Hardie board specifically to address functionality and cost issues associated with other types of siding.
Hardie board, also referred to as fiber cement, brings to homes the visual appeal of wood. Still, it has superior functional properties to wood, including its durability and low maintenance requirements.
Hardie board doesn’t rot, which is a significant limitation of wood, and it is also secure against insect damage. Hardie board is also very durable, designed to last for as long as 50 years without needing to be replaced.
Compared to vinyl and metal, Hardie board is much more visually appealing. It gives a home the visual appeal of traditional wood without all of the vulnerabilities of pine, cedar, cypress, and other types of natural wood siding.

What is Hardie Board Made of?

Hardie board is a siding material made out of fiber cement material. Silica sand particles are ground to a fine powder, then liquified. The liquified sand is combined with wood pulp to provide a bending strength property to the sand so that the Hardie board product can be formed without cracking. Adding wood pulp makes the fiber cement material more pliable.

The sand and wood pulp mixture is combined with cement and other additives to create a film with ingredients that will then be molded into sheets that are passed through a roller system to create the finished Hardie board product.

Hardie Board Installation

There are several reasons to use Hardie board for building a new home or re-siding an existing home, including that Hardie board provides value during its long lifetime. Hardie Board will save you money over alternatives like wood because it is resistant to pests. Besides, it costs less than wood, which tends to have unpredictable price swings because of the limitations of harvesting wood.

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What is Hardie Board?

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There are several reasons to use Hardie board for building a new home or re-siding an existing home, including that Hardie board provides value during its long lifetime. Hardie Board will save you money over alternatives like wood because it is resistant to pests. Besides, it costs less than wood, which tends to have unpredictable price swings because of the limitations of harvesting wood.

Prior to installation, Hardie Board should be stored flat and kept in a dry area to prevent shrinkage at the butt joints.

Hardie Board is normally installed onto wood or metal (steel) studs spaced a maximum of 24 inches on center and can also be installed directly over the top of OSB sheathing. In rarer cases, Hardie Board can also be installed over top of gypsum, foam, and other surfaces that don’t allow for nailing.

Installation of Hardie Board needs to be done in keeping with local building standards, which specify how to approach joint flashing, caulking, and other aspects of ensuring that moisture cannot penetrate the Hardie Board siding.

Residential siding job with new James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding and Gutters. Blue farmhouse in Milford, Michigan.

Residential siding job with new James Hardie Board Fiber Cement Siding and Gutters. Blue farmhouse in Milford, Michigan Completed by Grennan Construction.

To fasten Hardie Board to studs or OSB sheathing, corrosion-resistant, galvanized, or stainless steel nails or other fasteners are recommended.

The easiest way to install Hardie Board on your new home or replace your existing siding is to hire a trustworthy company with knowledge and experience with installing Hardie Board.

The James Hardie Company partners with regional and local construction companies to establish a network of installers who can be trusted to install Hardie Board for new construction as well as for re-siding projects. Contractors who have met stringent requirements for Hardie Board installation, including being compliant with best practices for installation and passing installation audits, are recognized by James Hardie as Elite Preferred contractors.

In Michigan, Grennan Construction is one of the leading installers of Hardie Board. Grennan Construction serves the areas of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, West Bloomfield, and Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County, Michigan.

While it is technically possible to install Hardie Board yourself as a homeowner, it’s best to reach out to a company like Grennan Construction and rely upon their expertise to have the siding installed correctly. 

Call Grennan Construction for Pricing on Hardie Board Installation

If you want to get answers to questions like, “What is Hardie Board going to cost? How will it perform for your home?” or if you have any other questions related to siding and other aspects of building or remodeling a home, contact Grennan Construction at 248-462-0224.

To get the most out of your home improvement investment, the Hardie fiber cement siding is a perfect option for you.

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Fiber cement sidings have become the most durable and cost-effective choice for interior and exterior applications today. The James Hardie fiber cement siding, especially, is highly recommended for homeowners, builders, architects, and general contractors in need of a more luxurious look for their projects. 

What is Hardie Board?

If you have any additional questions about James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, please call our office to speak with one of our James Hardie experts.

Located in Oakland County, Michigan, Grennan construction offers loans for siding replacement in the Oakland County area. 

Our Process:

  • We will survey your property and provide you with an estimate of the cost to replace your siding. The estimate is offered free of charge. 
  • Then, we present a plan for your siding replacement project.
  • Next, you can submit your application for new siding financing. If your request is approved, the company provides you with a loan that you will pay back monthly. Our financing is offered through Synchrony bank, starting from as low as $200 monthly installments. 
  • We install your new siding!

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If you need new siding, the Oakland County siding professionals at Grennan Construction can help. Our estimates are always free, and we offer to finance through Synchrony for those who qualify.


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Do you still have questions about financing your new siding? If so, contact us to discuss your options.

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