One wing of our house needs skirting to close off the outside from the basement (the upper part of the house extends outside the basement walls). We used cement-asbestos board (about 3/16″ thick) originally, but that has broken in a few places and needs to be replaced as we prepare to sell the house. Hardiplank looks like a good alternative, but the manufacturer’s data sheet says it must be painted. We’d prefer a cement look to blend with the rest of the foundation, so wonder what happens if it isn’t painted? Also, if indeed paint is necessary, what would be appropriate in this application where part of the board is buried?
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