Installing Hardie Siding on Front of Brickhouse 319

In April 2016, John installed Hardie straight edge shingle siding on the back of the house and Hardie Plank lap siding on the east side of the house. He hired a local carpenter to help him. However, in all the time that passed since then, we didn’t finish the siding on the front.

Reason: Too many other projects on a very long list, budget, etc.

Four months ago when I stopped blogging, I said to John, “We have to get the siding finished on the front before it gets cold.” The Tyvek had been exposed since the addition had been built in September 2015 and had faded.

Tip: Tyvek is a Du Pont product that can only be exposed for 4 months/120 days.

John had remaining siding left from our initial Hardie order. He had it safely stored in the back yard wrapped in tarps (since it’s cement siding, it cannot get wet). We had enough straight edge shingles (4 ft length boards) to do about half the front of the Dutch face.

We purchased a roll of Tyvek at Home Depot, John took down the faded Tyvek, replaced it with new and I took these photos afterwards.

John was correct in the amount of siding we had left. He made it half way up the Dutch face between the two windows. Because I had stopped blogging I wasn’t taking step-by-step photos of the project. I will admit I was burned out and overwhelmed; I signed up for a weekly drawing class during my blogging hiatus which turned out to be a great way to relieve stress. I highly recommend it for any of you who like to draw or want to learn to draw.

When John ran out of straight edge siding, he measured the remaining front, and ordered an almost exact amount from Home Depot. It took two weeks for it to be delivered directly from Hardie’s headquarters in California.

In early November, he finished the siding. I took one or two photos when he was just about finished with it which I will publish soon. Siding the front coincided with a big project that was going on at the same time in front of the house…my next blog post will cover it.

A tip about purchasing Hardie Siding: We saved well over a thousand dollars by purchasing it at Home Depot. We got two other bids from local building supply companies that were much higher in price, one was outrageously higher.

If you’re renovating or doing a remodeling project, remember to sign up for a Pro Account at Home Depot for additional discounts based on how much you have purchased or ordered at the store. Each Home Depot has a Pro Desk. You don’t need to be a contractor to sign up.



11 thoughts on “Installing Hardie Siding on Front of Brickhouse 319

  1. Hi sue, have you moved in yet? I have really missed keeping up with your progress. The tree with ornaments on it is just beautiful.

  2. I am so glad that you are back! I have lots of questions on this siding you used! I bought my house in April! It has wood shingles under layers of paint! I can tell they are not original to the house. I like the look of your siding! It is clean and sharp! How often does it have to be painted?

    1. We ordered pre-painted Hardie siding. With this version, the primer and paint coating process is baked onto the fiber cement panels prior to installation. This version provides a greater and longer lasting finish than any on-site painting process can offer.

      James Hardie fiber cement provides a 15-year warranty against chipping and peeling on their pre-finished product. However, fading will occur over time whether you choose the primed version or the pre-painted version. Eventually, it will need to be re-painted but it will be years from now.

      Hardie provided a container of paint with the siding. John had to paint the exposed cement edge of each board before installation.

  3. When I drove by this morning, it looked like you still have a wee bit of exposed Tyvek on the West side of the Dutch gable. Got enough to finish that off?

  4. I might add that if you are ordering a big amount of something, for a price you can have the local Home Depot deliver it to your driveway or worksite. It used to be cheaper than renting a truck to haul it yourself if you don’t own one or if whatever it is is too big for a regular truck and you need something much larger. When I had my fence done my guys only had a regular pickup truck so I had my order delivered: concrete block, bags of cement and sand, various boards: 6×6, 4×6, 2×6 and 2×4 of various lengths plus several pallets of fence boards. If you have a secure place for them to deliver it, it is the way to go.

    I’m guessing Tyvek may have some PVC or similar materials in it. They break down in the sun’s UV. That’s why you have to bury PVC when you do yard irrigation. If exposed to the sun it eventually goes brittle and disintegrates when you touch it. Not good if you’re looking to keep wind and rain out of your house.

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