HardiePlank ColorPlus® Technology Featured On School Addition
We recently built a three story wood framed addition for a local Montessori School which featured HardiePlank® Lap Siding with ColorPlus® Technology. Over the years we’ve become huge fans of HardiePlank® Lap Siding for both residential and light commercial projects.
In this article I wanted to point out how simply using more than one color can add a dramatic look to a project. As you can see in the adjacent photo we decided to use a darker color siding in the center “tall” portion of the new addition to break up the large gable end of the building.
The original school building was built back in 2005 and also featured HardiePlank® Lap Siding with ColorPlus® Technology in the color Monterey Taupe. For the new addition we chose to use Monterey Taupe on the sides and Timber Bark for the “tall” center section.
Because of the fade resistance of ColorPlus® Technology the new siding matched very well with the five year old siding. According to Hardie’s website ColorPlus® Technology boasts a 30% better fade resistance than other paints. This was evident when the new siding was installed adjacent to the old stuff!
As with any product the real key is proper installation. It’s extremely important to follow the manufacturers installation procedures. With this type of siding it’s very important to leave proper gaps at trim terminations, caulk gaps and use butt joint flashing.
ColorPlus® Technology is really great as you get a good quality baked on finish as soon as the material is installed. However, we’ve always been fans of applying one field top coat of paint after all the caulking and trim work is complete. This combined with Hardie’s 15 year warranty for the ColorPlus® Technology and you’ve got a real solid siding!
James Hardi – Green Building Solution
Lastly I wanted to point out that James Hardie siding products are considered to be Green Construction Products and a great alternative for sustainable design. James Hardie siding products have several benefits for projects seeking USGBC LEED® certification and NAHB’s Voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines (Ref.).