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Old 03-22-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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Okay, I've always installed various vinyl siding products, but I've been getting a lot of calls for Hardie lately. I've done a few jobs, but admittedly it is not my expertise..... Pros, Cons?.. and I'm looking for real experiences, not salesman BS.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
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Didn’t Hardy recently change their product?
Not sure if it’s colors or style or recommended application techniques
I have a “blow out wall” to build on a house I’m working on so I’ll be looking into hardy myself

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they put a beveled edge on the top and bottom,and every time i read thier install man.there always seems some new recommendation...but that just might be me

they are introducing a thicker panel,5/8 butt i think,not sure,i personally have not seen it
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they put a beveled edge on the top and bottom,and every time i read thier install man.there always seems some new recommendation...but that just might be me

they are introducing a thicker panel,5/8 butt i think,not sure,i personally have not seen it
The thicker Hardie lap siding is called Artisan it is 5/8" thick. I dont know if it is available on the east coast yet. It has been available here for about 3 years. You get some really nice shadow lines the regular planks do not have. Its also very expensive.

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Okay, I've always installed various vinyl siding products, but I've been getting a lot of calls for Hardie lately. I've done a few jobs, but admittedly it is not my expertise..... Pros, Cons?.. and I'm looking for real experiences, not salesman BS.
I would suggest getting used to it. It is a personal favorite of mine. I am about to tear off the vinyl on my personal house, been on for 28 years and replace with Hardie or similar product.

It is a little harder to apply than vinyl. I would try the new Malco product for cutting them It is a shears, which will not stir up the dust that circular saw would.
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Put up 25 sq of Hardie last fall. It was my first experience with it, but I like it. Bought the Gecko siding gauges from Amazon and they worked great. I'm a one man operation and the first thing I learned about it was that you have to pick it up and carry it on edge or it will snap in two. I used a circular saw and a large fan to keep the dust away as I was cutting. I would like to try the shears sometime, but I've read that they don't give as smooth of a cut as a saw.
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I taped cardboard over the edge of the blade guard and hooked my shopvac up to the skill saw outlet and saw virtually no dust, didn't really need a dust mask
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I like the nippers....They work 100x better if you cut the plank upside down......

Abrasive saber saw blades are a must...I think our local yard carries "Remington".....keeping a random orbital close by also helps to do precise work, or shave a 1/2 blade etc...

Face nailing with 16 ga finish nails has apparently worked well for us since we've never had a problem in 8-10 years.....we blind nail with ring-shanked siding nailers into studs in the field, but under windows and parts of gable ends need face nails (also for unacceptable ripples).
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Biggest benefit is using the color plus and the associated caulk and touch-up paint. Turns two steps (install and paint) into one.
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I know I sound like a broken record, but being from the Midwest you have access to fiberglass siding. It's easier to install, doesn't need to be caulked (as long as you do a proper water containment house wrap and flashing) and looks sooooooooooooo much better than concrete. It also NEVER needs painting.

There's nothing desirable about concrete siding IMO.
Not flaming, just my .02
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I know I sound like a broken record, but being from the Midwest you have access to fiberglass siding. It's easier to install, doesn't need to be caulked (as long as you do a proper water containment house wrap and flashing) and looks sooooooooooooo much better than concrete. It also NEVER needs painting.

There's nothing desirable about concrete siding IMO.
Not flaming, just my .02
To be honest, nobody is selling that around here to my knowledge, and I'm not familiar with it (insulated vinyl is king around here). Is there a particular product that you use? How does it compare in price to Hardie or insulated vinyl?
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http://www.tectonproducts.com/index....oducts/siding/




don't believe buddy...he is flaming
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whoops, dbl post
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To be honest, nobody is selling that around here to my knowledge, and I'm not familiar with it (insulated vinyl is king around here). Is there a particular product that you use? How does it compare in price to Hardie or insulated vinyl?

Having an exclusive product is a GOOD thing man
pricing is close to hardly


http://www.tectonproducts.com/index....oducts/siding/
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don't believe buddy...he is flaming
Don't make me come down there and whoop on you with my tin man snips
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aw who ya kiddingyou don't even own a pair anymore
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aw who ya kiddingyou don't even own a pair anymore
Man, the rust on them will cause you to get ceptic in a week
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you will have to pay for my tetnus booster
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you will have to pay for my tetnus booster
Sorry, I don't play tennis


Oh,.... TETNUS
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Having an exclusive product is a GOOD thing man
pricing is close to hardly


http://www.tectonproducts.com/index....oducts/siding/
I agree, thats why I'm askin...Thanks for the info.

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