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02-11-2015 02:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: home improvement diy trim siding wood composite question advice

I’m not sure exactly which forum should go in… so I’ll play it safe and post it here. I have a Tudor style house (25 years or so old) with lots of siding on it.

While it may look ok from a distance, seen up close the wood is old and rotting, with nails coming out. It’s about time for me to replace all the old siding and trim. The question is, “With what?” I’ve done a bit of research and it seems I have a number of options, each with pros and cons. What I’ve come up with so far are:

1) pressure treated lumber
2) Hardi Board
3) 440 Series LP Strand Trim
4) MiraTec composite trim

I am sure there are other options out there as well that I haven’t come across yet. My question is this. What would YOU use for this project and WHY? I will be doing the work of replacement with my son and maybe one or two others to help, not hiring a “professional crew.” I am sure that there are many people on this forum that have vastly more experience with this kind of thing than I have. Please, share your experience and advice with me.

Richard

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Ghidrah

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 03:30 AM

Is the post and beam look superficial or real? It would be a shame to destroy the look of the exterior. PT lumber is not a stable material for what you have in mind, great for framing not for a finish look. I’m not familiar with 2 thru 4. It is a distance shot but it reminds me of wattle and daub, do you know what was originally used?

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 03:38 AM



Is the post and beam look superficial or real? It would be a shame to destroy the look of the exterior. PT lumber is not a stable material for what you have in mind, great for framing not for a finish look. I m not familiar with 2 thru 4. It is a distance shot but it reminds me of wattle and daub, do you know what was originally used?

- Ghidrah

It is all superficial, not structural. I’m not sure what the exact wood is, but it is just 1 X 6 in size.

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 04:26 AM

So the wall is flat and the 1X6 is rabbeted? Odd’s are it’s probably pine, I’d try to identify the siding by taking a small section from the back of the house that’ll be easy to put back when you figure it out. You also need to know if there’s sheathing behind the boards many houses built in our area back in the 80s used sheets of T-111 without sheathing to cut costs.

If the house is 30 plus yrs old odds are the nails aren’t SS and many may not be in the wall studs. There’re many types of composite sheathing/siding which will depend on cost and amount required. If you don’t care about the original look and do have 1/2” CDX ply under the boards white cedar is one of the best materials for weather extremes, hot cold wet dry windy humid better than clapboard and paneling. If so your windows and doors will require re-trimming.

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 10:25 PM

If I were stripping off sideing, I would take the opportunity to reinsulate/better insulation

Count on finding some hidden issues/water damage/insects when you start digging.

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