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Best exterior veneer for very thick exterior foam sheathing

My wall plans for a new addition now call for 2x4 framing, OSB sheathing, rubberized adhesive membrane and 7 inches of Atlas R board poly iso insulation with 1x4 vertical furring. My original intent was to use metal siding by Firestone. A recent Building Science white paper on cladding attachment through exterior foam raised some potential long term issues with "heavy" siding over 6 inches of foam. My architect is currently recommending the use of light weight aluminum soffit sheathing as the siding. Has anyone done this before? Any better recommendations for a different light weight siding other than vinyl which I don't like for aesthetic reasons ? I also am not too keen on wood because of the maintenance issues.

Asked by W. Timothy Ward
Posted Mon, 12/16/2013 - 21:54
Edited Mon, 12/16/2013 - 21:56

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Timothy,
One possible solution is to scale back from 7 inches of polyiso to 6 inches of EPS, for two reasons:

1. Recent modeling studies raise questions about the cold-weather performance of polyiso (see In Cold Climates, R-5 Foam Beats R-6).

2. Plenty of builders have successfully installed heavy siding on 6 inches of rigid foam.

For more information that supports the idea that heavy siding can be attached to furring strips screwed through 6 inches of rigid foam, see:

REMOTE: A Manual.

Fastening Furring Strips to a Foam-Sheathed Wall.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:40

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