Handling & Storage

HardiePlank Installation

Handling & Storage Tips

  • Fibre cement boards
  • Handling with care
  • Carry boards on edge
  • Storage of the cladding
  • Keeping it dry
  • ColorPlus Touch Up paint

Phone to order

01803 813 803

Lines open 7:30 - 17:00 Mon - Fri

Product Details

Fibre cement boards
HardiePlank® Cladding is a nominally 8 mm thick plank intended as external or internal cladding for residential and commercial buildings both new build and renovation. While these cement-fibre boards are durable they do require correct manual and mechanical handling, storage and installation to maximize the benefits of this quality product.

Handling with care
The HardiePlank boards are 8mm x 180mm wide and they are 3.6 metres long. Fibre cement is remarkably dense and they weigh approximately 7.4 kg per board.  Consequently they are best handled by two persons wherever possible, but most importantly they should be carried on edge.

Storage of the cladding
HardiePlank® cladding and fibre cement trims are made of Portland cement, milled sand, cellulose fibres, water and selected additives. It is vital therefore that these products are stored flat and kept dry prior to installation. If the products have to be stored outside they should be covered with a waterproof covering in addition to the product wrapper to avoid contact with water and dust. Wet products must not be installed, it will result in shrinkage at butt joints. Neither James Hardie or Southern Timber can be held responsible for damage caused by improper storage and handling of the product.

ColorPlus Touch Up paint
Hopefully careful handling and storage will keep your fibre cement cladding in pristine condition ready for installation.  If there is any cosmetic damage then the JamesHardie ColorPlus® touch up paint should be used to deal with small scratches and marks less than 6mm . All cladding & trims must be sealed with Touch-up paint prior to installation with a small artist brush. Any excess paint must be wiped carefully from the front profile face immediately.

Delivery details

Eligible for next day delivery

We offer next day delivery, when required, for our normal delivery days (Monday to Friday) and areas. Customers are requested to phone in before 12.00pm on the day prior to delivery with their complete product listing, delivery address and payment details.