The original siding at The Glade is asbestos shingle. In our historic neighborhood we cannot replace it with vinyl siding (and who would want to).
The answer to our dilemma is Hardie board (also called Hardie plank) which is a fiber cement siding material guaranteed for decades.
The Hardie siding comes in lots of configurations: lapped siding (clapboard), vertical siding (board and batten), and shingles (cedar).
Hardie siding can be purchased primed (and we could paint it) or colored from a selection of about 20 standard colors. The Hardie colors are guaranteed for 15 years. We’ve painted the house and know the time and effort and expense that goes into it. We’re selecting the Cobblestone shade above which is very much like The Glade’s present color.
When we get ready to paint again the representative at our local Sherwin Williams store assures me they have the formula for all the Hardie colors.
The real dilemma is that the siding does not exactly come in a shape like our siding. The question now is should we choose Hardie Plank (full boards) or Hardie Shingles (looks like cedar). We’re leaning toward the planks.
One last choice which we have pretty much decided we won’t do is a cement fiber shingle that looks almost exactly like the current siding on the house and would need to be painted.
What do you do when you have too many choices and none exactly right?