Imagine a type of house siding that hits all of the right notes. With deep embossing, it looks just like real wood siding. It is solid and substantial. Unlike some other types of siding, it can easily be painted. While a bit on the pricey side, this siding commands excellent resale value. To top it all off, this siding is highly fire resistant. This siding is called fiber-cement, and the originator of fiber-cement siding is a Canadian company, James Hardie Industries. Its product: HardiePlank.
What Is HardiePlank Home Siding?
HardiePlank siding is a combination of cellulose fibers and cement-based materials. It comes in long horizontal strips.
The Appearance of HardiePlank Siding
HardiePlank is partly wood, in the form of cellulose, and partly mineral. Break a piece of HardiePlank, and inside you will see a brittle core interlaced with wood fibers.
HardiePlank’s wood content does not influence its distinctive wood grain appearance. That is the result of embossed texturing. HardiePlank’s embossing serves two purposes. First, it does create a reasonable simulation of wood grain. Second and most importantly, the embossing visually breaks up the flat surfaces and gives each board a richer look. James Hardie Industries does offer a smooth texture, too.
HardiePlank is not to be confused with HardiePanel, also produced by James Hardie Industries. HardiePanel, also composed of fiber-cement, is the tall, vertical version of HardiePlank, at 48 inches wide by 96 inches to 120 inches long.