In my humble opinion Hardie Plank or Shingles are a good product. They are resistant to bugs and weather and supossedly last a long time. They will require maintenance, however. Don't go thinking they won't ever need paint again. They'll fall apart just like any other shingle. Also, real experts have told me that the long-term jury is still out on the product. Although it has been around for quite a while, we don't have that 50 year feedback to look at yet. Good luck. Hope that helps.