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What is Hardie Plank Siding?

Hardie Plank siding is the most recognized name in fiber cement board siding.  While the most recognized name in fiber cement board siding other manufacturers include Certainteed (now Allura), GAF and many others.

What is Fiber Cement Board Siding?

Fiber cement board siding is pretty much what it says it is… a mixture of sand, cement and cellulose that is imprinted and then baked into planks or shingles.  It is basically a cement product giving you the many benefits of cement.  There is no other product that will give you the look and feel of wood siding or a cedar shake like a fiber cement product.  This is a Premium Siding Product and the initial installation will be more expensive than cedar siding.  But over the long haul Hardie Plank or an equivalent product will recoup savings over time.  It will require less painting and will maintain its look for many years to come.

The Pro’s of Fiber Cement Board Siding

Low Maintenance The lowered cost of regular maintenance and the longevity of the product will reduce many of the hassles that come with real wood siding.  If you get the product painted from the factory in carries a 15 year paint warranty.  Because Hardie Plank is mostly a cement product it does not warp, twist, crack and delaminate so when you do have to repaint you are not looking at replacing damaged boards or scraping and sanding like you do on a wood product.  It is rot and insect resistance as well as moisture resistant.

The Look No other product comes as close to looking like wood siding as a fiber cement board siding such as Hardi Plank.  If you didn’t know it was cement board siding you would think it was wood.

Longevity Again, because it is essentially a cement product it reduces or eliminate the typical problems of other products.  No warping or twisting that you get with vinyl, no rot cracking or twisting that you get with a wood product and no swelling you get from masonite.  If maintained properly your Hardie Plank siding will look  as ggod 30 years down the road as it did upon installation.

Fire Proof  The product is made up of 90% sand and cement making it a highly flame resistant product.

Green All of the components that go into making the fiber cement board siding are highly renewable.  Sand and cement are in great abundance and the cellulose comes from fast growing plants.  An often overlooked factor is that the product last so long it does not require replacement for a very long time, adding to the “greenness” of the product.

If you are looking for premium alternative to wood siding, consider Hardie Plank or another fiber cement siding material.  Its longevity, low maintenance and other benefits make this an attractive siding product for those who are considering residing their home.  Many upscale neighborhoods being built will may provide you with Hardie Plank Siding.  Yes you will pay more for it, but you will reap the benefits for years to come.


Real Estate Photography Tutorial Show Dedication

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I recently posted an article on Active Rain.  A very popular real estate resource site.  The article was a tutorial on using multiple flash and Photoshop layers masks to create an exceptional marketing image of a home. Now the article was written for the real estate agent and real estate photographer to help hone their photography skills.  Let me assure you the above shot could not be created with an iphone or a point and […]

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52 Regency Drive for Sale, Dracut MA New Construction

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The Unused Bedroom, Show Its intended Use

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820 Methuen Street for Sale, Dracut Massachusetts

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3 Pinedale Ave for Sale, Methuen MA

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3 Pinedale Ave, Methuen MA 01844- MLS 71735061 Price- $280,000 Living Area-  1428 square feet Lot Size-  8835 square feet Bedrooms-  3 Bathrooms-  1.5 Year Built-  1942 Open House for 3 Pinedale Ave, Sunday September 7th 12-1:30pm About 3 Pinedale Ave, Methuen MA 01844 Located in Methuen Massachusetts, 3 Pinedale Avenue is located on a side street in a neighborhood setting.  It provides easy access to routes 93, 495 and 213.  The location is also […]

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42 Boylston Lane for Sale in Lowell Massachusetts

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42 Boylston Lane, Lowell MA 01852-  MLS# 71727292 Status: Active Price: $185,000 Style:  Condominium/ Townhouse Living Area: 1200 sq ft Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1.5 42 Boylston Lane is located in South Lowell, Massachusetts in the 01852 zip code right on the Tewksbury town line.  Lowell MA is located in Middlesex county and is about 36 miles northwest of Boston.  Boylston Lane is a perfect location, being only minutes from route 495 with either route 93 […]

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Great Online Marketing of Your Home, Starts with Great Photographs

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Melrose MA Tops the list as the Hottest Real Estate Market in Massachusetts

In a recent article Boston Business Journal has cited Melrose MA to be the hottest real estate market in Massachusetts. I have done quite a bit of business in Melrose, Massachusetts over the years and it is certainly no shock to me.  Even back in 2009, 2010 Melrose during the housing down turn.  Houses are coming on the market in Melrose and are immediately flooded with offers.  Homes are selling for significantly more money then […]

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23 Merrimack Way, Unit B, for Sale, Tyngsborough MA

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23 Merrimack Way, Unit B in Tyngsborough MA is located right off Merrimack Street.  Access route 3 in minutes from this newer condominium.  23 Merrimack Way, Unit B is part of Merrimack Landing Condominium. A 32 unit complex built around 2006.  It is impressively landscaped and shows a pride of ownership. 23 Merrimack Way, Unit B Tyngsborough MA 01879- MLS# 71720352 Price 235,000  | Condominium/Townhouse  |   1395 sq feet  |  2 bedroom  | 1.5 Bath […]

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