Shed siding

by Kevin
(PA, USA)

I'm building a simple 8'x10' storage shed. What are your thoughts on using Hardiboard(4'x8' sheets) that have the stucco appearance as opposed to standard T34 siding wood siding?


I'm also curious as to building an attractive but simple single door 42"-48" wide if I use the Hardiboard?

Thank you,

Kevin

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Answer to shed siding question
by: John - Admin

Hi Kevin,
Thank you for your enquiry.

In relation to your question about using Hardiboard or T34 siding. So really we are looking at the pros and cons of a fibre-cement siding system versus timber panel based.
The main issues with any siding system are:

1. Appearance
2. How easy is it to work with
3. Durability
4. And of course Cost.

Dealing with the points one by one:
Appearance. Fibre-cement siding is now very realistic in appearance and with a coat of paint I think you would be pushed to tell the difference between it and T34 siding even close up.

Workability. Timber – straight forward. Fibre-cement – Tricky! Various methods range from scoring it and snapping to using a disc cutter (very dusty). The various methods are covered in more detail in the product information sheet on the James Hardie website.

Durability. Timber if well primed and painted is quite durable (remember to prime and paint any cut edges prior to assembly). Fibre-cement is almost indestructible (resistant to chemicals, termites, moisture etc etc!

Cost – you are probably best placed to assess this as I am based on the other side of the pond in the UK.

At the end of the day the influencer for me would be how much cutting for windows doors, vents etc there is and the confidence you have in working with sheet fibre-cement.

If you wanted to use the fibre cement panel for the door you would have to use a full door frame behind it (not just the ledged and braced door that I show as a typical door on the site.) This is because the Hardiboard would only act as a cladding material over the frame and not as part of the structure as in the ledged and braced door.

I hope that this has been of use, if you have any more questions we can continue the conversation using the comment form below.

Cheers

John

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