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Clapboard siding choices

Wooba Goobaa | Posted in General Questions on

Getting ready to make a siding choice to replace 100 yr old clapboards.  GBA or FHB … can’t recall. I reviewed an article that compared the major choices and provided cost per square etc.  Can anyone provide the link to that article?

I understand my choices are between Hardie, LP SmartSide, finger jointed or solid Western red cedar.

Neighborhood is full of 100 yr old colonials, contractor is pushing for the wood.  I want to minimize paint maintenance.  There will be a 1/4″ air gap under the siding.


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    Brian Pontolilo | | #1

    Is this it?

    Choosing Siding

    1. Wooba Goobaa | | #3

      Yes sir! Thanks again. I'll augment that info with the engineered wood options, then check the local pricing for all.

  2. AlexPoi | | #2

    Metal siding can be nice too.

    1. Wooba Goobaa | | #4

      Metal or vinyl will bring an angry mob to my door ;)

  3. Sam S | | #5

    Install raw cedar and let it weather. Bam, zero paint maintenance.

    1. Wooba Goobaa | | #6

      That will bring angry wife lawyer to my door!

      1. Sam S | | #7

        In that case, you can get the hardie pre-finished in some stock colors (but only in certain widths, fyi), and they can match a paint color in a different process at additional cost (I would tell you what the process is called, but I think they just changed the name). Durability seems good so far, but it's paint - even if it's durable it will look 'old' eventually.

        I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it's never been close for us (located in the Midwest) when comparing pre-finished Hardie to site painted red cedar. There's some argument to be made about material cost and install speed, etc. but once you take jobsite finishing off the table Hardie usually wins the cost comparison. It does need to be caulked and touched-up onsite, but that's an order of magnitude less work.

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