Hardie does have a pre colored cement siding like the Color Max CertainTeed product. Just follow the directions to the T. The shears and are like 400 if I remeber right. And NO it is nothing like wood.
You will most likely see this in the instructions however the only "cut" edges should be agianst windows, doors, and corner boards and you must either prime those cut edges or use the touch up paint if you are using the pre colored hardie. It is also very difficult to hang by yourself, you will want to put a helper on your bid too.
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