, or Hardie Board, is a family of building products created by James Hardie Building Products located in Ireland. Hardie board is a cement-based material used to manufacture products formed as planks, trim, soffits, , and for residential and commercial use.
When homeowners decide to replace theon their , or if purchasing a new build, they have many options to choose from. Two of those options with durability and long life are Hardie Board and .
What is Hardie Board?
When James Hardie moved from Scotland to Australia in 1888, he set out to start a new company and was joined by a close friend from Scotland in 1892. The company, tanning hides, and oil products was successful, and Hardie retired in 1911.
His partner took over and made it a family business, becoming a world leader in manufacturing building products. The invention ofproducts in the 1980s led to the boards and products today, often called Hardie boards.
is a form of cement mixed with 8 to 10% wood fiber and either fly ash or silica sand giving it extra durability and allowing the product to dry flexible, somewhat similar appearance to synthetic . These boards last for years and require little maintenance.
Hardie comes in several forms used for exteriorincluding:
• Long boards
• similar to vertical board and batten
This versatile product has a characteristic hard to match—bugs such as termites hate it and can’t do damage to it, and Hardie board is water-resistant.
What is Stucco?
is a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and lime. This powder product is mixed with water at the time of installation to create a paste. paste is applied over lath or mesh or directly to smooth stone surfaces.
Typically layered,creates a strong surface with fire-retardant properties and lasts anywhere from 50 to 80 years. The surfaces are susceptible to moisture damage and cracking, requiring regular maintenance.
Which is Better, Hardie Siding vs Stucco?
In a side-by-side comparison, hardie boardis just as long-lasting and durable as . It’s resilient to wet climates and handles temperature changes well. Hardie products are formed in molds allowing choices of color and various textures that mimic wood, brick, or .
Another great factor aboutis the ability to paint or repaint it with alkali paint to freshen it up or change the color.
is also a great choice for , offering the same durability and long-lasting life as Hardie board, but stuccoed surfaces are very susceptible to moisture and bug damage.
When considering both types its important to consider your home’s location.performs well in dry weather conditions, however, areas of extreme humidity or rainfall may cause a exterior to crack.
Unlike fiberboard products, textured cement finishes require more maintenance, and paintingmean extensive surface preparation is needed.
has fire retardant properties, as does Hardie board, both slowing down the spread of fire from the outside by almost an hour, giving the occupants time to get out.
Cost of Hardie Siding vs Stucco
Whilematerials and labor average $7.00 to $10.00 a square foot to install, Hardie board comes in at an average of $6.00 to $10.00 a square foot for materials and installation.
Costs vary between locations around the country and the climate but do not change greatly. Other types, such as lap boards or shingles, will cost more or less than the boards.
Awith 1200 square feet of exterior wall that needs would cost $9,600 to install with Hardie boards or $10,200 for . (average cost for materials and contractors)
Hardie boardruns a bit less than , and both provide premier with durable resilience but the boards are much more resistant to moisture damage from the elements.
We have more in-depth information about the cost to stucco a house on this page.
Can You Put Hardie Boards Over Stucco?
Yes, Hardie boardcan be installed over stuccoed walls with two options concerning the existing surface. Complete removal is a large and tedious job that may lead to other damage to the exterior walls of a .
The benefit of removingwill reveal rot, mold, bug and termite damage, and water infiltration. The cost of repair may be more or less expensive than complete removal. The age and type of the also affect whether to remove the material or not.
If existingdoesn’t need to be removed, bulging or warped areas need to be flattened to allow for a level surface. The will need furring strips installed every 15 inches to fasten the Hardie board.
It’s recommended to install closed-cell foam boards between the furring strips to provide packing in case theis bumped. The uneven space between the furring strips may allow cracking. Only a professional should do the installation of Hardie board over .
Read more about stucco vs siding on this page.