When building a barn, wood is an obvious material choice. While wood is a popular consideration for its classic characteristics, Hardie-Plank Barn Siding is emerging as a rising trend within the construction industry, primarily for its reputation as a low-maintenance, long-lasting material offering the beauty of natural wood. In fact, the look is so similar you may see the product on homes or barns and mistake the material for actual wood.
Created by James Hardie, the product is known as cement board siding, made from a mixture of wood pulp and Portland cement. Hardie-Plank was first used in Australia as an exterior product able to withstand extreme climates, while still retaining its beauty and likeness to wood siding. Over time, however, the durability attribute of the product spread, as did its use to the many regions of the United States.
B&D uses Hardie-Plank Siding for the following benefits:
- Low maintenance. The material is impervious to natural elements and is not prone to peeling, chipping or cracking.
- Hardie-Plank is available in multiple colors and shades and closely resembles the look, texture and grain of wood siding.
- Made from concrete fibers, Hardie-Plank is fire-resistant, which protects your barn and could lower your insurance rate.
- Pest and moisture resistant. The siding does not retain moisture so there’s no threat of rotting or swelling and it is an unappealing option for termites.