Costs of Hardi -vs- Certainteed fibercement siding

junkbjMay 8, 2008

Has anyone out there ever gotten cost estimates for both the Hardiboard and Certainteed fibercement sidings and/or for factory painted versus primed only within a brand?

My builder has always used Hardi unpainted and that is what he based his bid on. However Certainteed has factory painted colors that I really like and their 25 year warranty on it is really attractive to me! I figure with a 25 year warranty, I'd probably be dead before it needed repainting and the next owner could worry with the job!

So, I'm trying to get a feel for how much more factory painted Certainteed is likely to run over regular Hardi plus the cost of painting it on site? If not too much more, I'll probably ask my builder to switch to Certainteed. I really don't want to be dealing with repainting a two story house with gables reaching to 34 feet (steep roof) in ten or twelve years if I can avoid it.

Thanks for any info comparing prices of the two brands (or prices of painted -vs- unpainted with a brand) that you can provide.

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I am awaiting a price on primed Hardi and painting on-site versus the pre-painted Hardi as we speak. When I get that answer, I will let you know.

I can't help you with Certainteed pricing though. That will be interesting to see what answers you get.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 2:09PM
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Overall, I think factory painted (either hardie or certainteed) will be less because of the labor involved with on-site painting.
Our "fiber cement" bid was all messed up...we did not get separate bids or competative bids, for that matter. Here's how our builder did it. They quoted a price for siding in our house bid which they listed as certainteed. I was a little disappointed because I had a hardi color in mind. From the bid, I assumed we'd have to use certainteed. Then, when it came time to actually pick the color, the siding contractor sent me samples from hardi, certainteed and a caulk brochure with dozens of colors. He said I could pick anything I wanted - the price in the bid would not change. It included the materials and his labor. This leads me to believe that hardi and certainteed are "about" the same price. The siding contractor is going to get his cut. Since he didn't care whether we used hardi or certainteed, I assume his cut was about the same for either product.
Hope this helps...

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 3:51PM
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I got quotes of $145/square for Hardi and $123/square for Certainteed both pre-finished and uninstalled (i.e., material only). Pricing may be dependent on the part of the US you live in. We live in Maryland.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 7:44PM
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Thanks Sturdy. That info suggests Certainteed may actually be less expensive and I think it is a Texas company so may be even more affordable for those of us in state.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 9:31PM
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I got my price back for the Hardi painted versus unpainted(can't help with certainteed though)
For 35 squares of primed it is 9800.00 and add $4200.00 for the pre-painted.

That price isn't exact as it includes some of the primed shake style but I don't know how many squares of it, the shake was only $650.00 of that.

I am going to have mine painted on site as the painter has quoted $3400.00 to paint it so that saves a little.

Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 10:51AM
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The biggest part is the warranty. I think thats why they push the paint. Thats also why its cheaper to have your own painter do the job.

Here is a link that might be useful: Compare House Siding Prices Here.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 12:41PM
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