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Aluminum or Hardie Board: 3 Ways to Decide

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Every homeowner has different needs when it comes to siding. There are plenty of options out there, but most homeowners pick aluminum or Hardie board siding. So is it best to go with aluminum siding or Hardie board? Today, we’re going to give you three ways to decide!

1. Curb Appeal and Style

Curb appeal plays a large role in your home’s value. Choosing a siding that complements the overall style of your home and property can make the property more attractive to potential buyers.

Aluminum siding has made great strides over the years to look more like wood, but there’s still room for improvement. Even from the street, you’ll be able to tell that the siding is made from smooth metal. Aluminum siding can also fade over time, so if you sell your home a few years after installing the siding, it might appear chalky if it hasn’t been repainted recently.

Hardie board is constructed to resemble wood. It has a much more realistic texture.  Recently, home design pros have come up with ways to use Hardie board in unique ways, including installation in a vertical orientation or using Hardie shingles for accents on porches and eaves.

2. Durability and Maintenance

Climate can affect the integrity of your siding in a number of ways. Do you have regular hail or high winds in your area? If so, aluminum siding might not be right for you. Aluminum siding can be dented by hail and blowing debris. Because it’s a lighter material, as well, strong winds can dislodge individual planks. While it is cheaper to replace than Hardie board, the Hardie board material will weather the storms better overall.

When it comes to maintenance, all that’s required for aluminum is an occasional washing. It’s something that you and your ladder could handle on a sunny afternoon. In the same way, Hardie board color plus siding requires little to no maintenance.

3. Lifetime Cost

Aluminum siding is one of the most cost-effective kinds of siding out there. It’s easy to care for, so if you maintain it properly, you’ll likely get 30-40 years out of your aluminum siding. Hardie board, on the other hand, is a bit more expensive up front, but typically lasts longer than aluminum siding.

Think about how long you plan to have your house and what you’re willing to spend up front on installation costs. Hardie board will last longer, while aluminum will have a slightly lower lifespan.

How Will You Decide?

There’s no single answer that will be right for everyone. Take plenty of time to decide which type of siding is right for you, as it’s a decision that will stick with you (and your house) for years to come. Contact Smart Exteriors with any questions!