Why Hardie Planks Are Better & General Tips To Install Them

There are many reasons why you should choose hardie planks over any other type of siding. This guide will reveal some of those reasons. And, you will also be given some tips to help you install hardie planks. 

What Makes Hardie Planks The Best Choice?

The following are just some of the benefits that you will be granted by choosing hardie planks: 

  • The longevity of hardie planks is among the best, which nears 50 years with proper maintenance.
  • Maintenance is almost non-existent, except for some resealing and repainting every few years (or after strenuous weather). 
  • You do not have to worry about insects or bacteria feeding on this material.
  • The fire resistance value on this type of siding is one of the highest.
  • You can make hardie planks look like any other material that you want. 

You can talk to your hardie material specialist about other benefits that you might gain by choosing hardie planks for your home. 

Tips To Install Hardie Planks On Your Own

The following are a few tips that should help; just remember that you should have some building experience to make sure the integrity of your home is not compromised. 

The following will help you install hardie planks; remember that these tips are for those who have already done the preparation work on their home:

  1. Use siding-approved safety glasses when cutting, handling, or nailing your hardie planks
  2. You will need to use ear protection when sawing or cutting your planks
  3. Be sure to buy an N-95 dust mask, which should help prevent any dust from entering your lungs
  4. Be sure to use a polycrystalline diamond-toothed blade when you use a circular saw. And make sure you use rafter square to help guide straight cuts. 
  5. You can use an electric drill, or make straight cuts or curved cuts by simply converting it into a plank cutter using a fiber cement shear. Be sure to cut from the back, and point the shear upward.
  6. A jigsaw can be used to make holes or curves as long as it has a carbide coated blade to cut through the hardie plank material. Always cut from the back side of the plank.
  7. Be sure that you make corners at least 1/4 inch thicker than two planks to ensure you leave enough room for caulking.
  8. Make sure that the planks are 6 inches above the grade level of your home. There should also be a 1- to 2-inch gap between the planks and horizontal surfaces, like your steps.
  9. Be sure you leave a 1/4 inch gap between your siding and windows or doors.

Hopefully this helps get your project going, but as you can see, taking care of the hardie plank base of your home is something that you can do on your own. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Side-Pro, Inc.