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In 1901, Hardie Board was patented as the very first fiber, cement siding. In order to make Hardie Board, engineers mix together wood pulp, sand and cement. They then dry the mixture under high pressure to create the embossing texture of the siding. It can be dried into shingles or planks. Due to the make up of the Hardie Board, the siding is very fire-resident. Insects and salt water can’t penetrate the cement and therefore makes this siding completely rot and insect repellant.
Due to the fact that the Hardie Board is heavier, it does cost more to ship and install. So, when the stock market crashed in 2008 this type of siding wasn’t very popular because of the extra cost. It is starting to rise in popularity with homeowners.