Search the forums

Loading

Maxi Tile Fiber Cement siding?

Matt's picture

Anyone used Maxi Tile fiber cement siding products?  Today a salesmen was selling me on it... Said it has the same warranty as Hardie, (50 yr transferable) but is cheaper than both Hardie and Certainteed, and is primed on 6 sides.  Anyone know anything about it?  BTW - he also sells Hardie and Certainteed.

Matt

(post #82680, reply #1 of 18)

MY FIRST QUESTION IS WHAT IS PRIMED ON SIX   "6 "  SIDES

(post #82680, reply #2 of 18)

MY FIRST QUESTION IS WHAT IS PRIMED ON SIX   "6 "  SIDES


How many sides does the piece of siding have?


2?


NO.


4?


NO.


6?


YES.


ANY MORE QUESTIONS YOU WANT TO SHOUT ABOUT?


 


 


http://grantlogan.net/


 




But you all knew that.  I detailed it extensively in my blog.

(post #82680, reply #3 of 18)

O kay I understand where you are coming from, you are counting the ends of the board, by the way I not shouting ,I do want to help.yes the salesman is correct that all 6 sides are primed, however when installing the siding leave 1/8 gap at the running seam; and make sure you caulk that seam with sealent  suggested by manufacturer


I hope this helps , please rspond with any questions, Bill

(post #82680, reply #6 of 18)

Thanks Bill.  I've worked with fiber cement before - just not this brand.

Matt

(post #82680, reply #7 of 18)

PS - internet customs say that typing in all caps is the equivalent of shouting.  This goes back at least 20 years.   It doesn't bother me unless I really think the person is really trying to be obnoxious, which obviously isn't the case.


I appreciate your comments.  If you have worked with the Maxi Tile brand my questions are:


1) Weight wise, is it appreciably heavier (or lighter) that Hardie?


2) Does anyone know if it absorbs water more than Hardie?


3) Is it more brittle (or rigid) than Hardie?  Just from handling the small sample, it seems like it might be more rigid which would be a real plus in my mind - Hopefully less breakage and also hopefully would lay down flatter - less waviness. 

Matt

(post #82680, reply #4 of 18)

Their U.S. distributorship appears to be limited to NJ for siding and KS for roofing, yet the (219) area code for Tony Ellis, regional manager, I know to be South Bend Indiana, as I have family there. Just seems kind of odd. But I wonder what shipping would add to the cost? Maybe not so competetive with Hardi and Certainteed if that plays a factor.


--------------------------------------------------------


Cheap Tools at MyToolbox.net
See some of my work at AWorkOfWood.com

~ Ted W ~

(post #82680, reply #5 of 18)

I don't thing shipping is an issue.  I buy building materials at delivered to the building site prices.  That's one reason I don't buy other than small stuff from big box stores - they charge for delivery.  Salesmen told me they had a distribution center about 80 miles away.  He said a lot of the stuff is in stock locally, but the 6.25" I want has to come from the distro center, which doesn't surprize me.  The 6.25" isn't very common around here (any brand).

Matt

(post #82680, reply #8 of 18)

bump...


Anyone used this Maxi Tile stuff?

Matt

(post #82680, reply #9 of 18)

My place was built in 1940, using a similar type product; the only difference between it, and the contemporary versions, is that mine used asbestos as the fiber. Oh, well.

The tiles have not bee affected by weather a bit - even though they received their first coat of paint just a couple years ago, from me! They soaked up paint like a sponge, and the paint will simply never peel, blister, or chip off. Being able to get them already primed is a real advantage.

The only problem for me has been finding replacements for broken shingles / tiles. They are rather brittle. I can't say if the new product is better able to withstand, say, an errant baseball .... they might be thicker. For that matter, I don't know how well Hardy plank stands up to impact.

(post #82680, reply #10 of 18)

Yea.... my family has an old house on the Chesapeake Bay that has what sounds like maybe what you are talking about.  I'm thinking each "tile" might be 16" wide and has about an 8" exposure, and has asbestos in it.  Ours has a wavy pattern for the exposed edge.  Like you say, it is fairly tough but brittle.


OTOH, the name of the Maxi Tile cement board siding product is a bit misleading.  Or maybe I mis-stated it a bit - it is actually called Maxi Plank - the company is Maxi Tile.    It looks almost exactly like Hardie plank.   It comes in twelve foot 'boards' in standard widths like 6.25, 7.25. 8.25 etc.

Matt

(post #82680, reply #11 of 18)

One last bump....


Anyone used Maxi Tile fiber cement siding products, specifically the Maxi Plank lap siding?


This would save ~$500 per house.  They are fairly small houses.  My siding guy who has 3 crews who do nothing but fiber cement has not heard of it.


Thanks,
Matt


Edited 6/11/2008 6:29 am ET by Matt

Matt

(post #82680, reply #12 of 18)

Matt, I too am trying to decide between the Maxi Plank & Hardie - have you learned anything?

(post #82680, reply #13 of 18)

(post #82680, reply #14 of 18)

They ought to hire me to argue that one, their pictures are all a result of improper installation!!!

(post #82680, reply #15 of 18)

I decided not to use it simply because it was not readily available in the width I needed (6.25").  Long story short, I ended up using regular Hardie siding.

Matt

(post #82680, reply #16 of 18)

Thanks, I think I will just stick with the Hardie as well. It seems to have more positive things going for it (other than the price).

maxi cement siding (post #82680, reply #17 of 18)

I am warning you so that you dont have the heartache that i have now after spending thousands on siding my NEW dream home . In less than 6 years the finish started coming off ,the siding is now rattleing loose from the wind,it is starting to fall off. The maxi co. wiil not stand behind their products ,look up the lawsuits against them. hope you pick a better product than i did.

maxi cement siding (post #82680, reply #18 of 18)

I am warning you so that you dont have the heartache that i have now after spending thousands on siding my NEW dream home . In less than 6 years the finish started coming off ,the siding is now rattleing loose from the wind,it is starting to fall off. The maxi co. wiil not stand behind their products ,look up the lawsuits against them. hope you pick a better product than i did.