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High Cost of Boral TruExterior Shiplap

tech1234 | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

Hi, I wanted to run something by the group here to see if my shock is justified.
I just got a quote for materials only to side my modest PGH build and I almost fell out of my chair.

My local supply house:
Boral TruExterior nickel gap shiplap
1″x8″x16′ board – $109 ea!!!!!
or $46k in just the cost of the boards (no trim, nails, paint, labor etc) to side a modest 2 bedroom house.

Nobody else local to me is a Boral dealer so I wanted to see if this is on par with others experience with Boral or if something has gone sideways with my quote from my local supplier?

Also does any know of any other nickel gap siding options available?


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  1. Expert Member
    Michael Maines | | #1

    Have you considered using real wood?

    1. tech1234 | | #2

      I have, but I was worried the nickel gap reveal could be problematic at install and over time with a natural product out in the elements. Do you have any experience with this? Maybe I need to talk the wife into a regular horizontal shiplap install....

      I did get a quote for James Hardie "artisan square channel siding" (it's their nickel gap offering). It comes in at about 1/2 the price of the Boral.

      1. Expert Member
        Michael Maines | | #3

        Yes, I just installed white pine shiplap on my mother-in-law's addition, and I have used it in the past. We prefinished the boards on all sides, in part to deal with the inevitable shrinkage. I used them rough side out over a rain screen so the paint should last a long time.

        The boards don't stay perfectly flat/aligned, but neither do TruExterior shiplap boards.

  2. tech1234 | | #4

    Thanks for the info. Did you go rough out for the look or do you think it holds paint better that way?

    1. Expert Member
      Michael Maines | | #5

      Both, it fits the aesthetic of the existing house but more importantly it holds paint a lot better. It also takes more paint; I'd estimate almost twice what would go over a flat surface. But I bet it will last twice as long.

      1. tech1234 | | #6

        Interesting. Thanks for the info

  3. HuntCountry | | #7

    I just got a price for 1 x 10 x 16 this morning (northwest VA) at $95 ea (trim not shiplap)
    And 2x8x16 at $155 ea.
    I had the same reaction (outrageously expensive) but it looks like my source is about 30% cheaper per board foot not accounting for any extra cost associated with the shiplap edges.
    I hate to bite the bullet, but figure I'll spend more replacing the rot in the future if I go with finger-jointed pine, etc

  4. Chris_in_NC | | #8

    Modern Mill makes a shiplap from rice hulls and PVC, called ACRE, but I have no idea on the relative pricing. I've not used it for anything, but they sent a few samples and it seems pretty interesting.
    There was a post on here a while back, which is how I found out about it. I might use it for some accent areas on our house.

    I'm in the same boat; I looked at TruExterior a few years ago (before the pandemic) and felt defeated by the pricing. It's only increased since then.
    The main plant is fairly local to me too, so I was really hoping to use it. They also stopped making the beveled lap siding, which was also disappointing.

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