Starting to finally look like a house! Big transformation over the past 2 weeks with siding going up. We went with the Artisan Collection of James Hardie Lap Siding and Trim. These boards are about 3x the thickness of regular hardie-board siding. It does come with about 3x the price tag as well, however you get what you pay for. Artisan is much more durable and the heavier weight gives you cleaner lines. Rippling can be an eyesore issue with the thinner boards. In keeping with the history of the street, we opted for straight-edge HardieShingle in the gables. Always looking for ways to keep the spirit of the classic 30's craftsman alive.
Why choose hardie you may ask? James Hardie products are made of noncombustible fiber cement. In contrast to wood, hardie is specifically engineered to stand up to the elements of nature. It does not expand and contrast with the temperature and is resistant to moisture issues such as mold and rot. Also, over time wood is a classic victim to cracking and paint peel which can leave your house looking like a bad case of sunburn. You'll not only keep your home dressed to impress, but also give yourself an added safety bonus (some insurance companies even offer a discount for this). If you're looking for heavy duty material that will look great and last, highly recommend.
In the below photos it will appear that we have a yellow house! We opted for the primed boards instead of finished/ painted material. This way once the siding crew is complete, the painter can come back through and caulk/sand. Then when he paints, all the nail holes will simply disappear. Yes, you can go with finished boards and caulk comes in colors, however the nail holes never really vanish the same way. #ProTip
Siding Team: Belk Builders