Siding

Differences Between Smart Siding and Hardie Board

What type of siding will be going onto the house? Naturally, homeowners want to choose siding that will work well aesthetically and that can provide them with plenty of durabilities. Two of the most popular options on the market today are James Hardie fiber cement boards and SmartSide siding. Both options have plenty of benefits that have made them popular over the years, but which one of these might be right for you?

Below, we’ll be looking at some of the major differences between these siding options, so you can then make an informed decision on which one to choose.

The Difference in Materials

The SmartSide option makes use of engineered wood coated in wax. The wax coating provides moisture resistance. This type of siding also has a special coating that helps to add additional strength while also protecting against decay and pests. You will also find that this type of siding tends to be lightweight and simple to install.

The Hardie Board Makes use of engineered fiber cement siding. It contains sand, cellulose fibers, and cement. You will find these materials tend to be highly durable and they require very little in the way of maintenance. Often, it will not need to be repainted for several years. It is also resistant to damage from pests and the weather.

The Difference in Appearance

Both of these options can provide aesthetically pleasing siding that will match the design styles you like. Several styles of smart siding are available in a range of different types of textures and colors. Buyers will generally have the option of having their siding arrive already finished or they can opt to paint it after it has been installed.

With Hardie Boards, there are six styles of lap siding and a wide range of colors. One of the benefits of these types of boards is how long they continue to look good. Typically, the siding will need to be repainted in about five or six years. However, with the Hardie Boards, the average lifespan of the paint is between 12 and 14 years.

The Difference in Cost

Finally, you will find that the cost of these two types of siding is similar. They will generally be around the same price, so the cost is not likely going to be a major factor when it comes to your decision.

If you are still not sure which option to choose, take a moment to speak with the professionals at Stanley Exteriors. We will help you with the best choice for your home, and its curb appeal. Request a free quote here.

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