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Hardie board, which is often called fiber cement siding or cladding, was first used in the early 1900s. In the 1980s, technology advanced and allowed for safer asbestos-free material and many more aesthetic options. Since this time, the trendiness of Hardie board in the U.S. has ebbed and flowed, but it has consistently been a top Charlotte siding option due to the frequency of tropical storms in the area.

Perhaps the greatest allure of this siding option is its longevity. Most fiber cement siding comes with a 50-year warranty, and with proper maintenance, homeowners can expect it to last the life of their homes. While initial costs can be higher than other siding options, this longevity translates to low total cost of ownership. Additionally, Hardie board tends to add considerably to the resale value of a home.

Hardie board is also quite durable. As mentioned, it remains a popular option in North Carolina where tropical storms and hurricanes are frequent. Since the material is made up almost entirely of cement, it can literally take a pounding and be fine over the long term.

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In addition to superb storm resistance, Hardie board offers outstanding fire resistance, and some insurers even offer policy discounts for installing it.

The popularity of fiber cement siding has risen in recent years throughout the country. Much of that is due to the aesthetic options that are now available. Most Hardie board comes pre-finished, and you can choose from a broad selection of colors. You can also purchase fiber cement with a base finish and then paint it any color you choose. Fiber cement is also available in many different textures, which manufacturers use to emulate other siding such as wood or stone.

This kind of siding does require regular maintenance. It's advisable to power wash the siding every six to 12 months. It's also necessary to replace caulk whenever it degrades. Caulking is particularly important where the siding meets the corner board. Fiber cement siding also requires refinishing, and the industry recommends that you repaint it at least every 15 years.

A potential downside to Hardie board is that it does have higher initial costs associated with it than other popular siding options. The material is heavy, so the shipping and labor costs are also higher. Installing fiber cement often requires a large team. There are also costs associated with the tear-off since it's recommended that you remove any existing siding before installing Hardie board.

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