Smart Side vs. Hardie Board Siding which is better

okay so we're using a fairly new

sighting product today called smart side

smooth and I really like it I'm gonna

tell you the reasons why I like it

better than Hardy for installing and

give you some good tips on how to put up

this smooth smart sight on any house

your side myself first of all you can

actually cut this smart side with a

regular saw a regular table saw a

regular chop saw and so it's a lot

faster to get fit and put it in place

and that's my number one reason why I

think it's a better product to install

when you have to cut Hardy board you cut

it with either nippers they kind of

break the board so you don't make too

much dust but that dust if you do have

to cut it with a grinder is extremely

bad for you contain silica particles

which if they get in your lungs are too

small to get out and it can cause cancer

so that makes it a lot harder to install

it's another reason why cutting with a

regular saw is a huge advantage here go

ahead touch it it is like a sharkskin in

it that touch sharks all the time it's

just like a shark we think they're

awesome thing about this smart side is

one person can actually carry a 16 foot

board and actually the fact that you can

get 16 foot boards with the hardy panel

you're looking at 12 foot planks in most

cases because it's so flimsy but this

stuff is a lot lighter and you can

actually pick it up with one person and

carry it around which is a huge

advantage when you're trying to pass it

up like way up high on scaffolding and

stuff like that I mean this in 1650

pieces is gonna get you a lot less

budget so it's gonna look a lot better

as a finished product it looks like it

kind of looks like OSB but it's I call

it super compressed it's super Ord its

compared to regular OSB you can smack

this stuff with a hammer as hard as you

get good and smack apiece see that like

it doesn't even dent it's crazy hard

that's crazy and it's smooth

so this smart side is a lot tougher I

guess you'd call it we're going to do a

little experiment here called the impact

test first we're gonna smack the smart

side with a hammer right there let me

get in close now go for it okay next

impact test next right there buddy

we're gonna smack the hardy board with

the hammer this is from the last job

okay so that was same same setup there

in the hardy board just destroyed that

was impact test number two and just for

fun impact test on the smart side what's

out so the biggest question a lot of

people are gonna have if you're worried

about money is how much does this stuff

cost and how much are you gonna save or

lose using it so I got on Lowe's calm

and I got the price comparison based on

the current pricing from Lowe's a 16

foot log board a smart side by 8 inches

is 1292 versus $12.40 for a 12 foot long

board by 8 inches in the hardy

okay so we're blind nailing this siding

on every stud and in between every stud

with two and a half inch galvanized

siding nails and that's that's a lot of

nails but that's what the instructions

say this that's what we're doing another

time-saving tip when you're doing lap

siding is to make a story pole or a

layout Pole whatever you want to call it

and we usually do this right save some

throw it away and this has the layout of

each row of siding already marked so you

don't to measure every time to keep our

siding running straight on every row and

level we chalk lines between our little

crow's feet and that'll keep each row

running straight and level tip number

three is to get a coat of paint on all

these boards before you put them up so

you get one coat on the ground one cut

once that's put up on the wall and that

save you so much time

we just set these up on a sawhorse paint

in one good coat now one thing that's

hard to do if you're perfectionist is to

leave this 3/16 gap on but joints so

that these boards can expand and

contract a little bit it's tempting to

want to bottom tight but should leave

this gap caulk it and if it sinks in a

little bit like that just come back

after painting one coat give yourself

another coat of caulk to kind of fill

that in again and paint over it again

like I said that's kind of hard to do

when you're perfectionist but otherwise

this stuff could buckle up and come off

the wall don't want that we were leaving

an 8-inch gap on the ends to the core

board which is speck on this product

another way to save time and get really

good cuts on these butt joints is to set

up a massive chop saw cut station where

you can have the full 16-foot length of

the board hanging off whichever way you

want to cut on it and you'll get a nice

square cut the board won't sag and kind

of drop to the ground when you get done

cutting awesome last but not least it is

super important to seal up any of the

cut edges of this product so we've

either painted two coats or caulked

every one of these cut buttons if we rip

aboard you know and you get a non

painted non primed edge we paint or

caulk that whole edge otherwise these

ends and you get a board cut not

otherwise these ends can soak in

moisture and swell and that be the main

bad thing that could happen to the

siding but if you seal it up right you

won't have a problem with it