One advantage of HardiePlank siding is that it has a class A fire rating, which means that it resists fire as well as brick does. Using this siding in a home may reduce the cost of insurance. In addition, this siding resists damage from termites, wood peckers, hail and water. One disadvantage of HardiePlank siding is that its installation process is very difficult, and only an experienced technician can do it.
Another advantage of HardiePlank is that users can choose from many styles and colors, including a design that looks like natural wood. In addition, some types of HardiePlank siding come with primer already applied to them. HardiePlank's long-term warranty is another advantage, as the manufacturer provides 30 years of warranty for the siding. Similarly, the manufacturers of several types of HardiePlank-specific paint provide a 25-year warranty for their products.
One disadvantage is that owners or contractors who install other types of siding usually fail when installing HardiePlank siding. The technician who installs HardiePlank siding must follow very detailed instructions precisely and use special tools. The installation process usually takes about 10 to 12 days. After that, a professional painter must apply paint following specific procedures, which takes another week.