Replacing Siding, Certainteed or Hardiplank?

nirvanamike06March 10, 2013

My house was built in the early 80s and has cedar siding with nothing underneath it but tar paper and insulation. I walked around and added up the cost to replace all the wood that is cracked, has knots fallen out, woodpecker and termite damage, and rotten. Then ill have to clean/brighten the rest and restain it. I would also like to add some sheathing behing it. Just the cost of replacing the damaged siding will be about the same as replacing all of it with cement siding. I really like the look of cedar and would like to keep the look but not have all the maintenance of cedar.

I like what I see as far as the Certainteed goes. The pictures of the cedar or maple prefinished siding looks great and it saves me alot of work by not having to stain it. I have also heard they are alot easier to get matching stain for knicks, chips and trim for that the hardi. The problem is ive heard alot of people have to pull it all off because of problems. Ive read that they have all been resolved but I havent read of anybody putting it up recently. I live in humid south east texas and I dont wanna spend a ton of money to have to do it all again. Does anybody have any pictures of their homes done in the Certainteed cedar or maple?

I like the hardi plank but it is a little bit more than the Certainteed and I dont see any color that looks like cedar and I dont care for much of their color plus series so I would have added work and expense to paint it. I havent heard of to many problems with hardiplank so im wondering if I should just give up on a cedar look and go with a more trusted product.

I have looked a little bit at the LP SmartSide but I wonder how it will hold up in my climate and how often Ill have to repaint it?

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lsst

Go with Certainteed. My Hardi is delaminating.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 12:52AM
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badgergal

My girlfriend had to have all her Certainteed fiber cement siding replaced last year. It was less than 4 years after install. It actually started cracking and shrinking within the first two years. She was compensated by Certainteed but it was a hassle to get them to do so and an even bigger hassle to have it all ripped off and redone. She found out that there was a class action lawsuit because of issues with the product. They say the have corrected those issues but I suggest you check into it carefully.
My Hardi plank siding as been up for several years with no problems

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 10:13AM
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nirvanamike06

man that doesnt help much..... 2 responses and both complete opposites. What do you mean by delamintating?

Hmmm I wonder about the certainteed though, supposably that was a problem they had around the time you say she had it installed. Id like to find somebody to who has installed brand new stuff in the last year or so. Did your girlfriend has certainteed reinstalled on her house?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 5:10PM
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audreyamelia

We put Hardiplank on our shed nearly 11 years ago and it is still perfect.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 11:35AM
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badgergal

Certainteed would have covered both the materials and labor if she reinstalled their product. My friend wanted nothing to do with Certainteed after her experience with their product. She settled for just the cost of materials and paid out of her pocket to have someone install Hardi Plank instead.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 1:04AM
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lsst

Here is a link to a post about Hardi peeling-delaminating.
I am currently replacing areas of fiber cement with Kleer trimboard.
My Hardi fnally peeled and split to the point it had to be removed.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/build/msg0715472023112.html?75

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:27PM
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ILoveRed

My Certainteed has numerous cracks. Certainteed replaced the cracked boards but refused to pay for labor since it happened after the two year mark. We reported the cracks just after the 2 yr. mark.

My husband doesn't trust any fiber cement product.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 8:44PM
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