James Hardie Siding Reviews
Read 2023 James Hardie siding reviews from contractors and consumers who know and work with this fiber cement product. Use our hardie siding calculator to find pricing on this product.
Send our site editor Bill your questions, and get personalized answers that can save you thousands of dollars on your new siding project!
We were so lucky we were able to use Apex because, according to the carpenter, its' very difficult to install. Apparently Hardiboard is the easiest and probably why it's so popular throughout the country. We went to Abbington where they were installing Apex siding to a property to see how it looked in person and I absolutely love it.
An Expensive Option
I have just done some research on Hardiplank, which I really wanted to use on my property. I was amazed at the prices, this product is so much more expensive that even the higher end vinyl options. I found that if you chose to have it painted at the factory you could end up paying at least three times more than you would pay for a high end vinyl product. You will also pay at least double if you have it primed at the factory and then you have to paint it yourself, which adds to the price. The advantage is that you can choose your color and change it as and when you want.
Hardi vs. Other Options
I have always loved Hardi, but unfortunately the cost has been a huge deciding factor for me in the past. Believe me if cost wasn't an issue, I would choose Hardi every time. Once you factor in the repainting every ten to fifteen years, you are looking at an expensive investment. If you think that a double storey property that sits on a walk out and reaches about three stories in height will cost you anything up to $20,000.
Review from Contractor
I have installed siding for many years and I have installed both the Hardi siding and vinyl siding. The only real advantage I can see when choosing Hardi is the fire rating, which can help reduce your insurance premium. A quality vinyl option can hold up as well, if not better than the Hardi board and they also offer a wider variety when it comes to color choices. Check Hardie siding colors here.
The Extra Cost is Worth It
I know that Hardi is expensive, but I believe that paying that extra for the look and quality it provides is a worthwhile expense. Our aim was to have our new home look as though it had been there for years and with the problems we had experienced in the past with vinyl, we chose Hardi.
I have used Canexel in the past but experienced shrinking problems on the recent two jobs I completed. The siding shrunk so badly that they couldn't cover the joint. I believe that this siding isn't available anymore, but I can get it in Canada. Has anyone else experienced this?
I've seen this problem a few times. Most of the time the problem is caused by incorrect storage before the siding is installed. I've seen it happen with Hardiplank and Canexel where the siding got wet prior to installation. Of course in the end you're left with a poor finished product.
Poor Customer Service Experience
I had the Khaki brown Hardi installed just under a year ago and we are experiencing major problems with scaling and peeling. I must say I am so disappointed in Hardi's customer service, they have been completely unresponsive and disorganised, to say the least. We didn't hear anything from Hardi for at least two months and when I called them they couldn't even find my claim. After emailing them the information for the second time, they stated that it was an installation problem and they were not going to do anything about it. I was completely disgusted at their attitude, they wouldn't even send round their representative in the area to have a look.
Worked Well On My Dutch Colonial
Originally I was going with the Hardie plank because it's so popular here in Virginia, but at the time I hadn't done my homework and didn't know about all the great siding options available. After doing some research we actually chose the Nichiha, it was thicker and blended in well with our Dutch Colonial design. The Nichiha panels are durable and smoother than the Hardie. Overall we are thrilled with our choice and I am glad we chose the Nichiha rather than the Hardie in the end.
I only have great things to say about Hardiplank. We installed it on our home a while ago, it came with a fifty year warranty. I am so impressed with the finished product, it is solid and looks fantastic and I'm sure it will manage our climate. An added bonus is that we saved money on our insurance because Hardi is so fire resistant.