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by • February 18, 2013 • Exteriors - Siding, Stucco, Brick, Stone, Wood, MetalComments (4)16461

Hardie Siding Mitered Corners

I’ve been a big fan of James Hardie fiber cement siding for over 12+ years now and I’ve had great success with their products.  It’s only been the past 6 or 7 years that I’ve been using it in rather modern styled homes.  When most people think of Hardie Siding this is what they picture…

Very traditional outside corners with 1×4 boards on each side. 

That wood grain impression is terrible.  FYI this is not Hardie brand siding and this is not one of my houses.

First, if we want a more modern and clean look you really need to use Smooth Hardie siding!  Look at how clean this house looks with smooth siding 4″ exposure and “mitered” corners.   

My carpenters take time to caulk these woven corners as the Hardie is being installed. 

Super crisp!  Traditional & modern at the same time.

No landscape yet in this picture, but you get the idea.  Front house on the left is 1940’s, we added the 2 story in the rear.

Architect Nick Deaver does amazing work.  Love this steel pop-out bay window. 

Trimless windows, but a traditional wood sill that projects out.

These outside corners look like they are mitered but in fact they are woven.  One board projects past the next to form a weave.

This photo above shows the woven corners before we painted.  Notice the grey caulk that the carpenters did during the siding install.
Thanks for letting me show off some of this work!
Best,
Matt Risinger
Risinger Homes in Austin TX
Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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  • Hi, Matt. I was under the impression mitered corners could only be done with the Artisan line by Hardie, which is a thicker, more expensive product. Are you using traditional Hardie on these jobs? I agree the lack of trim boards is much more modern. My only concern in Michigan (where I live) is the freeze/thaw. Everything shifts.

    • Amy. The photos are indeed standard Hardie. I’ve used Artisan too and it’s a good product that looks more like traditional wood siding. The Artisan is truly mitered, this standard hardie is a “woven” corner that achieves a similar look but is less expensive on materials and labor. I’m not sure about the repercussions of your freeze/thaw cycles. I would guess it would work fine, but you might call a Hardie dealer and get the number for your Michigan Hardie rep and ask him/her that question. My concern would be cracking of the caulk at the woven corners. I used a high quality latex caulk called Big Stretch, but I would probably recommend you use Sonolastic NP1 which is a bit hardier (but harder to use). Appreciate you commenting! Best, Matt

  • For what it is worth, to achieve the same sort of look without the complication and maintenance of caulking, I used a lap siding corner product from Simplicity Tool. (It gave me a more modern look without running afoul of the local architectural requirements.) The product is a folded piece of aluminum with an additional coating to prevent the aluminum reacting with the fiber cement. This was my very first lap siding installation (doing nearly the entire install myself), and if anything, using the corners made it easier.

  • MCaudill

    Matt,

    Love your work and your videos! Can you tell me me how these woven corners hold up over time? Also, I’m here in Indianapolis and my builder isn’t sure how to do this. Any chance you could explain how your carpenters handle these corners? Thanks.