At Belk Builders, we often have the opportunity to work on some unique and interesting projects. Recently, we installed new siding on a horse barn at Black Horse Run in Waxhaw, NC. Even though the barn isn’t a residential home—it’s still needed the same attention detail to ensure that the siding performs as expected and attractive. Our meticulous attention to the details other companies overlook is another reason we are the favored Waxhaw Hardiplank siding installer.

Here’s how we transformed a worn barn into a new, stunning structure.

Belk Builder Horse Barn Hardie® Plank Siding Installation

Prepping the Structure

To begin the job, the structure had to be prepped. In this case, all existing siding was stripped down to the studs for a clean installation. Once the demo was complete, the team installed OSB for structural density and dimension followed by Hardie® Weather Barrier. Batten strips were added ever 16” as well.

Hardie® Plank Smooth Vertical Siding: Traditional and Timeless

Waxhaw Hardie® Plank installer

For this project, we used Hardie® Plank smooth vertical siding. Hardie® Plank siding has many special attributes that make it a great choice. Here are the reasons why it was a good fit:

  • Durability: can withstand a variety of weather scenarios and doesn’t fade because of UV rays
  • Climate-ready: no matter the season, it won’t warp or contract
  • ColorPlus® technology: baked on factory finish lasts much longer than painting
  • Simple, clean look: with the smooth lap siding has a smooth appearance

The 4’ x 9’ panels were installed in three colors: the siding, corners, and stall doors had contrasting neural shades, while the doors were dark brown. By using more than one color, the barn has a striking look. The vertical panels also emphasized the height of the structure, giving it a polished look.

Waxhaw Hardie® Plank details on barn doors

In addition to the vertical panels, Hardie® Trim was installed around all windows and stall doors. The sliding barn doors were rebuilt using the Hardie® Plank boards. New fascia and gutters completed the look.

The Finished Look

Waxhaw Hardie® Plank siding installer

As you can see from the photos, this horse barn looks practically new with the new Hardie® Plank siding. It’s a great example of how a structure that undergoes years of wear and tear can be brought back to life with new siding. The client was thrilled with the new look of the barn and now has no worries about longevity, as Hardie® Plank siding is engineered to last for decades with little maintenance required.

Need a New Look for Your Building or Home?

Waxhaw Hardie® Plank installer

If your siding isn’t performing as it should and looks depleted, then it’s time to call Belk Builders and inquire about replacement siding for your home or building. We serve the greater Charlotte area and would be glad to provide you with a free quote for new siding. Call us today at 704-400-4710 or email us at

Kent at home show 2017

Kent Frerichs, Owner Belk Builders.