The most popular fiber cement products are by James Hardie. They include HardiePlank, HardieShingle and HardieTrim.
Fiber cement is a composite material made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. In appearance, fiber cement siding most often consists of overlapping horizontal boards, imitating wooden siding, clapboard and imitation shingles. Fiber cement siding is also manufactured in a sheet form; it is used not only as cladding but also as a soffit/eave lining and as a tile underlay on decks and in bathrooms.
Benefits of fiber cement siding:
- Resists flame spread
- Resists damage from impact
- Resists damage from cold climates
- Resists damage from insects
James Hardie is the industry leader in fiber cement board production. It is not uncommon for people to refer to fiber cement siding generically as Hardie board, forgetting it is merely a brand name. James Hardie fiber cement siding comes in several different types for different job needs and home preferences. The company sells lap siding, shingle-type siding and vertical siding.
Many homeowners opt for Hardie board siding since it comes complete with a 30-year warranty, is sold in various colors, and is created for every climate need. Hardie fiber cement is sturdy and durable and weighs a bit more than most other brands.