Hardie plank: Nearly everybody who has considered re-siding their house or building an addition or a brand new home has heard of it. However, what’s Hardie plank, or more properly, fiber cement board?
Fiber cement plank in its current form was developed in the 1980s from the James Hardie corporation as a replacement for asbestos cement board. A blend of sand, sand and cellulose, it can be produced in panels, as lap siding and as trim pieces. As it’s durable (many manufacturers warranty the product for 50 decades and the finish for 15), low maintenance, available in many sizes and textures, and easily painted any colour, fiber cement is an perfect siding choice.
Art and designers have taken to the substance’s adaptability. Not only is fiber cement available as a flat lap siding for traditional-style houses, but it also comes in panels that mimic stucco such as Prairie and Craftsman-style houses, shingle panels for both Arts and Crafts-style houses and smooth panels for more modern designs.
Although the longest-lasting finishes are factory applied, the substance can be painted on-site such as wood siding. This makes for easy touch-ups and repairs in addition to the ability to change colour. Below are ways to make use of fiber cement board on home exteriors in a variety of fashions.
Shade it contemporary and daring. Available in large, smooth panels, fiber cement board is excellent for the outside of a contemporary house. The rectangular grid made by the joints between panels provides the outside structure and sequence. The capability to finish the substance in any colour allowed the architect of the home to pronounce each volume so that the layout of interlocked cubes is readily apparent.
Use it in order to blend in. Fiber cement is a chameleon-like substance. Whether your site is a luxury suburb, a bucolic country field or a gritty urban zone, then it can be coloured and arranged to match the setting.
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The secret is in the joint. The fiber cement panels can be butted to each other or can be installed using a show between every panel. The James Hardie company has developed a very simple installation system when a show is desired. While this show creates a different shadow line that is perfect for a modern design, the joints between panels can be treated in a number of ways.
Blue Brook Architecture
Joints can be full of a contrasting colour to create a two-dimensional appearance.
AIA, Bud Dietrich
Panel joints can be coated with a contrasting colored fiber cement trim to create a Prairie-style appearance.
Beard + Riser Architects
Fiber cement trim also can be colored to match the panels for a modern aesthetic.
Mix it up. An especially powerful method of using fiber cement panels is to combine them with other substances. Or you can join fiber cement lap siding with fiber cement panels. The perpendicular and also gridded panels produce orthogonality using the lap siding.
WA Design Architects
The ability to combine this siding with other substances is one of its great features. It works in a sleek and machined look …
Stuart Sampley Architect
… and at a more rustic and vernacular approach.
WA Design Architects
The panels, that can be quite large, can be trimmed, stacked vertically or positioned horizontally into a stack bond pattern.
Great Neighborhood Homes
Make mine conventional. Most fiber cement board is utilized as horizontal lap siding, perfect for conventional and colonial-style houses.
M.J. Whelan Construction
Many newer houses with conventional styling use fiber cement siding. For a house with a massive exterior surface region, the substance can be utilized in a variety of textures in addition to for shingles at the upper gables.
Eck | MacNeely Architects inc..
It’s also offered in a board-and-batten configuration.
The substance can be completed in a large choice of colors.
Bud Dietrich, AIA
One of my favorite approaches is to use both the lap siding and the panels at a Craftsman-style configuration. This can be particularly successful when re-siding an present house to create something unique.
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