James Hardie-HardiePlank product photo1 (Boothbay Blue)_HEROHardiePlank siding was a top vote getter in this year's Readers Choice survey because of its no-fuss good looks and other significant attributes. “It’s tough as nails, easy to paint, long-lasting, and available in so many so many patterns,” said Joseph Herr, director of design at Burstead Construction in Washington. Chris Smith, purchasing manager at Goodall Homes in Nashville, agreed: “We use James Hardie siding for streetscape reasons,” he said, joining other respondents who complimented the fiber-cement siding for its handsome appearance.

Two key technologies contribute to the siding’s low maintenance. James Hardie’s HardieZone system places products in lines for specific climates, while patented ColorPlus technology uses a factory-applied finishing system for fade-resistance and color-adhesion.

“It comes down to providing years of low maintenance and peace of mind,” said John Dybsky, senior marketing manager with the company. “We’ve gained the confidence of builders through the test of 25 years on the market.” Two respondents did note, however, that the dust produced while cutting the product is one short fall. www.jameshardie.com

Learn more about our 2013 Readers Choice Products Survey.