Hardie Har Har

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 East exposure of the house shows the current asbestos shingles.

The answer to our dilemma is Hardie board (also called Hardie plank) which is a fiber cement siding material guaranteed for decades.

Hardie siding on the bottom (Cobblestone), Glade current siding on top  (Glamour Gray), current Shutter on right (Storm Gray).

The Hardie siding comes in lots of configurations: lapped siding (clapboard), vertical siding (board and batten), and shingles (cedar).

Hardie’s “Cobblestone” color held in front of the current siding on the house.

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.

A light putty grey that gets a little bluer outside.

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.

I took the Hardie interactive quiz to find my true color and it was “Boothbay Blue” (2nd row, 4th from left) which is very close to the color of our shutters.

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.

Hardie siding on an inside corner.

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?

2 responses to “Hardie Har Har

  1. I had a home with Hardi-Plank, and my parents did as well. It’s good solid material. My parents painted theirs and it lasted for many years.

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