Hard Board Siding

Hard Board Siding

Why Hard Board Siding?

A hard board siding offers you a more stable product with the confidence that your siding will be able to withstand the typical Alberta summers (which seem to include an abundance of hail). This type of siding is also a low-maintenance, long-lasting material. While hard board siding has been around forever, it's popularity seems to come in streaks. Here are some pros and cons to Hard Board siding:


  • Longevity Most Hard Board siding comes with a 50 year, limited, transferable warranty. According to Smarthomeowner.com, “this type of siding is completely rot and insect resistant, and can even handle the corrosive environment of salt spray near ocean.” 

  • Appearance Hard Board siding can be made to mimic just about any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles and wood shake siding. Tim Carter of AskTheBuilder.com writes that “your colour options are virtually unlimited.” These colours are typically accompanied by a 10 to 15 year warranty on the finish.

  • Fire Resistance When it comes to James Hardie Board in particular, Freddy Scharf, technical services manager for James Hardie Building Products, states that fiber cement siding "is comprised of more than 90% sand and cement, making it inherently resistant to flames." Case in point, a St. Paul, Minnesota house fire torched two fire trucks parked 60 feet away, but the fiber cement-clad home next door, 50 feet away, remained unscathed.

  • Storm Resistance Whether you’re looking for a siding material that can withstand the next Katrina, or one that can fend off the next summer hailstorm without sustaining damage, fiber cement siding is a proven commodity in the weather department. 


  • High Installation and Labor Costs Fiber cement siding requires more planning, a larger labor force, and takes longer to install due to its composition. According to Barr, fiber cement siding weighs about 300 pounds per square (100 square feet), compared to 60 to 70 pounds per square for vinyl siding "You don't want to move it more than once," Barr notes. You need more employees on the job to properly move and support the boards as they go up, which can escalate the labor and installation costs to double and triple the cost of installing vinyl or aluminum siding. 

  • Maintenance Fiber cement siding has to be re-painted periodically. Barr warns that this aspect of fiber cement siding can be misleading for some homeowners, noting that while the product itself is warranted for 50 years, the baked-on finishes sold by most suppliers are only guaranteed for 15. Your new fiber cement siding will likely outlive you, but the paint job won’t. 

Types of Hard Board siding:

James Hardie® 

A hard board siding such as James Hardie® products provide you with many advantages that Vinyl siding does not. One benefit to James Hardie® is that while no building material can guarantee a fireproof home, James Hardie® is a non-combustable home exterior that makes your home more fire resistant then using vinyl. Another benefit is the durability that James Hardie® offers you because it is designed to last against cracking, rotting, hail damage and many other possible problems. As for painting, since James Hardie® siding is made of fiber cement, it does not undergo the same degree of expansion and contraction that hinders wood-based and vinyl sidings. Therefore, James Hardie® siding will hold onto paint three to four times longer than wood siding, reducing your overall maintenance costs, without compromising aesthetics.  

Visit their official webpage for more: http://www.jameshardie.com/main.shtml


CanExel is a wood based product comprised of resin and wax fused under pressure; because of this mixture, this product is highly stable, as well as highly resistant to moisture. CanExel helps optimize our forests’ yield by making the most of technological advances. Moreover, CanExel siding is finished in the plant, resulting in durable, easy maintenance products with all the beauty and nobility of wood. The quality of CanExel is it's biggest selling point, as it carries with it an advanced baked-on paint and a sealer providing increased resistance to cracking, splitting, warping, splintering and buckling of the material. CanExel siding has also been subjected to outdoor testing in seven different climates throughout North America from the intense cold of the Canadian north to the tropical humidity of Florida. Finally, CanExel is tested for UV resistance by going through a vigorous triple damaging effect of the sun to which CanExel products withstood the conditions without damage to the material.

Visit their official webpage for more: http://www.canexel.ca/home.php

Siding Accents:


HardieShingle® siding has that same warm and authentic look as cedar siding shingles; however, it resists rotting, cracking, and splitting. It is beautiful as a primary siding or as a complement to other styles of siding. This product is similar to James Hardie® siding because it has to go through vigorous testing for climate capability. These shingle siding panels come in a variety of decorative edges and a variety of different widths for an authentic handcrafted look even in the smallest of coverage areas. 

Visit their official webpage for more: http://www.jameshardie.com/main.shtml


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