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Hardie nailing: blind vs face

Roger_S39 | Posted in General Questions on

Hi all,

Looking for answers to the following questions about nailing Hardie siding (plank), please.

1. Difference between the two options?

2. Benefits/advantages/pros/cons of each option?

3. When and why?

4. High wind area considerations plus where are, what is considered, high wind areas?

5. Any differences, things to be aware of, in nailing “standard” Hardie planks vs the HZ5 or HZ10 planks?

6. Are there any differences to be aware of between standard Hardie planks vs the Zone planks?

7. Are there any performance differences between the pre colored planks vs the unpainted planks?

8. If given the option, would it be highly suggested, smart, to pick the zone plank over the generic Hardie plank?

9. Any thoughts, adjustments, particular plank choice, nailing preference etc., if using a rain screen behind the siding?

10. Any real difference between dimensional lumber strips and prefabricated products, in terms of performance etc., when deciding on a rain system?

10. Anything else?

Thank you to all those who take the time to read this and reply.

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  1. Expert Member
    Malcolm Taylor | | #1


    1-4. The standard is blind nailing for planks. If you are worried about slight gaping or high winds I would also pin the bottom with finish nails (see Hardi installation instructions). Unless you have heard of problems with nailing in your area (hurricanes?) I would avoid face nailing which exposes the board and fasteners to weather, and looks like hell.

    9. Follow Hardi's instructions for backing and fasteners to maintain warranty.

    10. My preference is for plywood strips, which don't split and are cheap. Prefabricated products which allow some air movement only are sense when installing the furring horizontally.

    1. Roger_S39 | | #2

      Hi Malcolm,

      Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it and it makes a difference.

      1. Expert Member
        Malcolm Taylor | | #3


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