How do I Install James Hardie Shingle Style Hardiplank?


James Hardie shingle-style HardiePlank is used as a form of siding on a house. Made of fiber cement board, it is installed similar to wood siding but is made to last much longer than wood. This siding is durable, provides lasting beauty and has virtually no maintenance once installed. Shingle siding has the same look as cedar shingles, but does not rot, crack or split. Installing these shingles can be a challenging task, but one that can be accomplished by most homeowners.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-resistive barrier
  • Starter strips
  • HardiePlanks
  • Nails
  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Hammer
  • HardiePlank siding starter course
  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Ladder
  • Safety goggles
  • Measure the area of the house to determine how many pieces will be needed. Most pieces come in 48-inch lengths and 45 panels are required to cover 100 square feet with a maximum exposure of 7 inches. These pieces should be installed over sheathing that is a minimum of 7/16 inches thick.

  • Make sure that all the sheathing is in good condition and there is no rotting or damaged pieces. Cover the entire area of sheathing with a water-resistive barrier. This water guard comes in a roll and is self-adhesive. Stick it on over the sheathing and press down firmly so it will adhere.

  • Install a 1 1/4-inch starter strip with siding nails in the bottom right corner of the house. Install an 8 1/4-inch-wide HardiePlank siding starter course next to the starter strip. Use siding nails to secure it in place.

  • Starting on the other end of the house, install the first shingle horizontally with siding nails. These shingles are 18 inches tall. Secure the shingle and leave a 1/8-inch gap. Continue this process in the exact same manner along the entire wall of the house until reaching the starter course.

  • Start on the second course directly above the first course and nail in the first shingle with a minimum overlap of 1 1/2 inches between the courses and 1/8 inch from the trim. Continue just like with the first row until reaching the end of the wall. Start on the third row and continue up the wall until reaching the end.

  • Cut the planks to size with a circular saw if necessary at the top and the ends of the wall. Inspect the wall to verify that everything is secure and caulk around the trim on the side where a 1/8-inch gap was left.

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