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?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Hardie Har Har”

  1. We have a home in the mountains. Wood peckers, sun and harsh weather destroy the siding. After we’re done remodeling the interior and the grounds we’ll replace the wood with a fabricated siding too. Can’t wait to see the wood pecker’s surprise!

    We don’t want to ever paint again! We will choose to love the color we decide on even if it is not “perfect” because the misery, cost and effort of painting far outweighs the pleasure of seeing my perfect choice! “)♡

    1. Painting is a drag. But home in the mountains sounds awesome. And choosing to love — that’s a rule on which to base a happy life. Jo

  2. We considered Hardie Board but, for me, the con’s outweighed the pro’s, and I consider painting both a pro (option to change colour, moisture problems first show up on how the paint wears) and a con (time and cost to do). If one isn’t going to side with wood then a composite is the next best thing (in most cases). Just remember, composite acts a lot like wood (there’s wood in it) wherever it’s cut or has holes…seal it.

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