Why choose HardiePanel?

  •  Engineered for climate
  •  Cost effective premium facade solution
  •  Durable & low maintenance
  •  Non combustible A2 fire rated

Flexibility for your facade

When strength and stability are called for and you also want the looks to make heads turn, HardiePanel® cladding offers you the best of both worlds. Build with confidence knowing that HardiePanel cladding will leave a lasting impression.

HardiePanel is a large element cladding sheet that brings real flexibility and freshness to your facade designs – at an attractive price. Available in a choice of two textures – smooth or cedar wood effect finish – and 21 ColourPlus™ colours, its crisp, clean lines make it a smart choice for strong, contemporary designs.

Our 15-year warranty guarantees that HardiePanel cladding keeps its fresh appearance for a long time.

Alternatively, our PrimePlus finish allows you maximum choice in bespoke colour finishes.

HardiePanel is the durable and economical solution, particularly suitable for large renovation and new build projects.

Made to last

With advanced seventh generation technology  we’ve created the most durable HardiePanel cladding ever made. Enhanced properties for unmatched durability. Our additives are chemically bonded to provide lasting resistance to rain, hail, wind, fire, rot and pests

The best of both strength and usability

We’ve found the perfect balance between high-quality Portland cement, sand and cellulose fibre to deliver lightweight, easy-to-cut cladding that installs firm and fast.

Superior dimensional stability

Our cladding is engineered at the microscopic level to create a fibre cement composite that doesn’t shrink or split.

Book a CPD

James Hardie offers a range of CPD courses for industry design professionals. All of our CPDs are RIBA-approved courses which can be used to claim CPD points.

 Tel: +44 (0) 121 311 3480
 Email: info@jameshardie.co.uk

Non-combustible cladding

HardiePanel large format cladding panels stand strong even in the most extreme adverse events. Our weatherboards are non-combustible, achieving the highest rating possible (A2, s1-d0) for a coloured facade product. HardiePanel has been extensively fire tested under the 13501-1 suite of fire tests for CE compliance, and would not contribute to the propagation of fire.

For more information go to our page on fire resistant cladding.

When you take on board the cost of preparation and maintenance that comes with wood cladding, then fibre cement makes a strong competitive case

David Tomlinson, Coombs Construction

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Get the looks

Our cladding comes in colours inspired by nature. Whatever the environment, James Hardie houses always look at home. Warm or cold, fresh or neutral, light or dark? Pick your favourite hues and start living colourfully.

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Composition: Portland cement, sand, cellulose fibre, water, selected additives
Properties: HardieZone™ Technology for advanced climate protection
Dimensions: 3050 x 1220 x 8 mm (2440 x 1220 x 8 mm special order only)
Weight: 41.7 kg per sheet, 11.2 kg/m²
Density: 1300 kg/m³
Fire rating: A2, s1-d0
Warranty: 15 years
Installation: No pre-drilling required and the panel sheets can be easily cut to size on site
PrimePlus™ finish: A unique finish that ensures an excellent base for application of any good quality acrylic or water based exterior paints. The panels can be painted on site within 90 days after installation in any desired colour

Product faq

What type of weather-resistant barrier is required for HardiePlank and HardiePanel cladding?

Any weather-resistant membrane complying with BS-EN1521 and having a vapour resistance of 0.6 MNs/g is acceptable.

How do I cut HardiePanel cladding?

For straight cuts we recommend using a James Hardie saw blade for use with circular saws. For curved cuts or pipe cut outs please use a Jig Saw fitted with a TC (tungsten carbide) tipped blade. Typical reference numbers for these are Bosch T141 and Hitachi JA10. It is possible to cut the board with hard point hand saws but they will become blunt very quickly. Under no circumstances should the product be cut with high speed continuous tools like hand grinders or disc cutters. In all cases cut the panels with the face side up.

Do I need to pre-drill HardiePanel® cladding before fixing?

No. Most nails or JH colour matched screws can be used without pre-drilling.

What type of paint can I use to paint HardiePlank and HardiePanel planks and panels?

You can use any good quality external grade acrylic paint (water based) to paint HardiePlank and HardiePanel planks and panels. Please refer to our painting instructions and to the specific instructions given by the paint manufacturer.

What’s the maximum horizontal fixing support centre for HardiePanel cladding?

HardiePanel can be fixed at a maximum of 600mm centres but this should be checked by a qualified engineer as this is linked to your local wind loads.

There appears to be a plastic film on the front face of HardiePlank® and HardiePanel® cladding - when should I remove this?

The plastic film helps protect the finish from damage during transportation, storage and installation. We would suggest that it is removed last thing, starting from the top edge down as the fixings are inserted.

How close to the ground can I install HardiePlank cladding and HardiePanel panel?

A clearance of 150 mm should be maintained between the bottom edge of the lowest layer of HardiePlank and HardiePanel panel and any unpaved ground. This will allow for clearance when soil is back-filled against the foundations and footings and prevent the bottom plank being damaged by contact with soil and rainwater splashing up the wall.

In which sizes is the James Hardie saw blade available?

James Hardie saw blade is available in 160, 190, 254 and 305 mm.

The 160 blades have 20 mm bore with a reducer taking it to 16 mm.
The 190 blades have 30 mm bore with a reducer taking it to 20 mm.
On the 254 and 305 mm blades they have a 30 mm bore and no reducer.

How do I finish the joints of HardiePanel cladding?

Horizontal joints can be finished using the James Hardie Metal-Trim Horizontal Joint Profile. Vertical joints can be either left open with an 8mm gap between the boards (Express joints) with EPDM tape on the battens or covered with a length of HardieTrim profiles.

Can I purchase HardiePanel® cladding uncoated for painting on site?

Yes, HardiePanel® cladding can be supplied pre-primed for on-site painting. This product is called HardiePanel® PrimePlus® and needs to painted within 90 days after installation.