Hardie board; we love this stuff. James Hardie introduced his fiber cement board in the 1970s but in the recent decade this cladding is appearing on residential and commercial designs everywhere. A solid combination of construction stability and design versatility makes Hardie board a brilliant solution for a finish on a range of projects. (Building in image by: Resolution: 4 Architecture.)
Impact resistant, Insect resistant, fire resistant, rot resistant and engineered to stand up to harsh outdoor elements are qualities that give this product the edge on other traditional materials. (Think wood or vinyl.) Installed in a rain screen technique, Hardie board is an excellent choice for moisture management and can be both screwed and nailed to strapping. Fasteners are even available in the same colors as the boards that are used.
From a design perspective Hardie board boasts serious flexibility. You can select from 3 finishes (smooth/cedar/ stucco) and a variety of colors that extend beyond the standard beige palette. A baked on color coating is made to last 2x as long as standard paint so the need for maintenance is minimized. Products include planks, shingles and panels. Hardie Panel is a great contemporary option and comes in sizes of up to 4×10 feet. That means serious coverage when it comes to closing in your building.
When executed correctly, Hardie board has high appeal both aesthetically and structurally. A resilient product that is able to offer different textures and looks turns Hardie board into a home-run for exteriors. Want to know more about this material? Check out the James Hardie website.