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Can any one explain the pros and cons of hardie board construction vs. block contruction?
I have always owned a block house, and am preparing to have a new home built.
Some builders I have briefly spoke with suggested using "hardie board" as a cost effective alternative to block construction. Is it siding?
Any input would be appreciated.

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Its siding. Better than wood. goes up about the same, but guaranteed for like 50 years. Hardie is actually the mfg name. Jameshardie.com will tell you about their products.

Personally, I wanted my current home in a big neighborhood to be brick, but gave the nod when I learned it was hardie planks instead of traditional wood planks.

You can get it prepainted, at minimum it comes primed. Supposedly, paint lasts much longer on it, too.
 
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