James Hardie Siding (Hardie Board) 2021 Buyers’ Guide

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We all want our home’s siding to help the property come alive. Luckily, James Hardie siding is a tremendous home exterior material that makes any space a vibrant, colorful asset to the neighborhood. If you’re interested in Hardie Board siding, our team at brick&batten is ready to help you make the leap. Our designers love this siding option, and we’ve been recommending it more and more often for our virtual exterior designs. We have tons of creative ideas on how you can use James Hardie siding colors to make your home look better than ever. 

At brick&batten, we design homes for clients who want to inject new life into their siding. Whether this means painting over an existing color or choosing a color for a new build, our team is prepared. Maybe you’re ready to execute your own exterior design or don’t even know where to begin. Having a professional exterior designer on your side helps. It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at in the home exterior update process. Our virtual exterior designers are experts on making your home shine.

Before and after of a newly-constructed home featuring the original blueprint as the before photo. The property's after photo uses James Hardie siding in the color Arctic White, complemented by natural stone. In the after, the home has a driveway and flat, grassy front yard with green grass.

What Is Fiber Cement Siding?

Before we dive into the details of James Hardie (Hardie Board) siding, let’s explain what it is. Engineered for sustainability, the fiber cement material used in the siding is durable and doesn’t crack or expand in extreme weather. It resists harsh climates and withstands UV rays, snow storms, freezing temperatures, and strong winds. James Hardie also has a HardieZone system that ensures you receive the right product for your region’s and climate’s needs.  

Before and after of a single-story, ranch-style home. Originally a mix of colors, the property's after photo uses James Hardie siding in the color Evening Blue, complemented by natural wooden tones. In the before photo, the front yard is patchy. In the after, it has a stylish walkway and lush landscaping.

Hardie Board Siding Color Plus Technology

The team at James Hardie is always on the quest for the perfect home paint color. They provide siding and trim primed and ready for on-site painting. They also offer Color Plus Technology, which is done at their location and lasts longer than a typical paint job. A machine paints the siding before you receive it. It uses 50% more paint than an average painter. It resists fading, chipping, and cracking and looks better, longer.

After photo of a large two-story home that has been redone in James Hardie siding in the color Aged Pewter on the top level, and stone on the first floor. The rustic home has a long walkway that leads out to a stone fire pit with seating, as well as a grassy yard and plentiful landscaping.

Installation of James Hardie Siding

James Hardie siding should only be installed by professional contractors. Luckily, James Hardie has dozens of installation specialists throughout the U.S. and Canada. They are available to work with any contractor or builder. You can find more information on the James Hardie Pros website, JamesHardiePros.com. The site also offers detailed information about installation instructions, care, and maintenance.

Virtual rendering of a home that makes use of James Hardie siding

James Hardie Siding Durability

We all show age as time goes on. However, James Hardie siding stands up to the test of time. This is due to its tremendous durability. Built to survive in your specific climate, it withstands all types of weather. From hail and windblown debris to blizzards and relentless heat, fiber cement siding is designed to perform. In case of more acute disasters like a fire, James Hardie products are non-combustible, and won’t ignite with direct flame exposure. James Hardie fiber cement siding also offers little appeal to critters and won’t be eaten by termites. As a result, many insurance companies offer a discount for homes with James Hardie siding. Finally, opting for this siding material can also save you time and money by looking great for years.

By now, you can see why we love James Hardie siding, right? It’s a rare fusion of beauty and durability, the perfect blend of form and function.

Virtual rendering of a contemporary new construction home that makes use of James Hardie siding in Summer Sage

James Hardie Siding Options

One of the great things about James Hardie siding is its diverse color and style possibilities. Whether you’re looking for a bold gray that stands out or a muted white that lets your home’s architecture do the talking, there’s an option for everyone. Hardie Board siding also comes in a variety of styles. For example, take a look at HardiePlank Lap Siding or HardiePanel Vertical Siding. Feel free to breeze through some of our favorite James Hardie (Hardie Board) siding colors, or head to the James Hardie website to check out further options.

Virtual rendering of a contemporary home that makes use of James Hardie siding in Mountain Ash

Creative Possibilities with James Hardie Siding

We know siding installation is a major project. Importantly, James Hardie siding’s versatility provides many unique ways to customize your home’s exterior. And when it comes to your home’s future, there are endless possibilities. This is because you can paint over Hardie Board siding colors easily if you feel like making a change.

Virtual rendering of a rustic Craftsman-inspired home that makes use of James Hardie siding in Aged Pewter alongside brick and stone

How to Order

After you settle on a Hardie Board siding color, you will work with a contractor or builder. The individual or company you hire for the job will order the necessary materials for you at your request. However, you can always call customer service at 1-888-JHARDIE to speak directly to a sales representative.

There are a lot of important elements that make up exterior design. It can feel daunting. But it also means there are a lot of ways to create a space that’s right for you. To learn more, check out client questions we’ve already answered here. A brick&batten design ensures you are partnered with our team of professionals, who specialize in color and design materials. With our guidance, you can select a color and style for your siding. Also, you’ll receive a rendering so you can see a strong demonstration of your dream home design. Get started today.