Hardie Board Siding Painting

All About Painting Exterior Hardie Board Siding

Tips For Painting Exterior Hardie Board Siding

Hardie Board is a heavy type of fiberboard made from mechanical pulp. It’s also called Hardie Plank siding, concrete siding, cement-fiber siding, and fiber cement cladding. You’ll see this siding gracing many homes in the Chicago suburbs, and, more recently, some artists even use it as a canvas. You can find Hardie Board siding in various finishes, thicknesses, and types to mimic coarse chipboard, plywood, or real wood. Its preparation for painting depends on usage. 

Hardie Board colors vary as the siding almost always comes pre-primed to protect it during shipment. When ordering new, it’s smart to get a shade close to the color you want your home to be. Cut edges, factory primed and unprimed boards require priming before painting. Read on to learn more about this popular siding material.

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New Hardie Board Painting Recommendations

If you’re starting with new Hardie Board, even though it already has a factory primer, it’s pretty thin, plus the edges aren’t covered so it’s important to prime it first. You can use a product like Loxon Masonry Primer by Sherwin-Williams. When it comes to the top-coat, Klasek Painting always uses a high-quality acrylic latex exterior paint. It’s essential to use a good brand of paint like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, or Behr. That way, your siding is protected, and your paint job will last much longer.

For application, although you can roll on the paint, it’s best to spray the boards because that gets the paint into all the cracks and makes sure every surface is covered.

Faded Hardie Board Painting Recommendations

One of the reasons Hardie Board is so popular is because it is so “hardy.” But the color can fade in the intense heat of our Chicago area. That’s why it’s so important to use good quality paint that resists fading. When it comes time to paint, make sure preparation is thorough. That includes setting any popped nails, scraping any loose or peeling paint, caulking any significant gaps. On an exterior wall, this product wicks moisture like a champ, but if it has direct contact with the ground, there can be deterioration. In that case, the damaged section would need repairing or replacing before painting.

Tips For Painting Trim

Once all of the siding is painted, the icing on the cake is the trim work. Make sure the preparation is complete before you apply any paint. Prep for the trim can include sanding and scraping off loose paint, caulking any large cracks, and replacing any dry rot. If the trim, doors, spindles, columns, or porch are weathered, it helps to add a primer coat. And for any bare wood or metal, priming is a must. For paint sheen on trim, semi-gloss looks best and stays cleaner too.

Klasek Painting Serving Chicagoland

Klasek Painting has been servicing the beautiful Chicago suburbs for over 25 years. Owner, Pete Klasek, is available to answer any questions you may have about having your Hardie Board siding painted. Our company is known for its high-quality work, superior products, dependable service, guarantee, and on-time completion. We provide both interior and exterior residential and commercial painting services at competitive pricing. If you have a home or commercial property you’d like to have stained or painted, contact Pete Klasek today.

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