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Building a house in central Maine and looking for any reviews of Everlast siding?  The manufacture calls it a siding/rain screen.  Debating between Everlast and Hardie.

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  1. Patrick_OSullivan | | #1

    I've had folks mention it to me as a nice product, but I haven't seen it in person.

    Overall, there are some things I don't love about it:

    - It's fixed exposure, so you can't adjust coursing to hit architectural features (like window heads).
    - I've only seen it with vinyl siding style trim, rather than more traditional casing.

  2. monkeyman9 | | #2

    I almost used it on my house. Great stuff. I would choose it over Hardie myself. Has plates to hold the butt joints together. Uses pvc J channel trim. It is pricey but nice. One thing thats annoying is if you ever have to remove a piece. Rhey have a method but its annoying. Then again top nailed siding like Hardie can be a pain for that too.

    1. Patrick_OSullivan | | #3

      > Great stuff. I would choose it over Hardie myself.


      > Uses pvc J channel trim.

      I consider this a downside.

      Is it cheaper than Hardie? I have not priced it.

  3. monkeyman9 | | #4

    Everlast costs a good bit more. But you never have to paint it.

    I'm really not a fan of Hardie. No one ever gets the spacing right at roof lines etc so ot xorant deteriorate. It's heavy and snaps when you pick it up solo. Have to wear a mask cutting it. That stuff soaks up water really bad. Especially if it's left out. It must soak up a lot of moisture on the backside sitting on a house. I've seen several houses with that have to be resided, built within the last 10 years. I've also seen it crack in places on several houses. Some people love it. To each their own.

    I would pick LP smart side over Hardie myself. As long as they space, prime and caulk it right. I have seen a few quality issues on LP Smart Side as well. But there were things that caught before putting it up.

  4. user_8675309 | | #5

    I installed Everlast siding on my house in 2013. No regrets on using it. Easy to work with, lighter in weight than Hardie(which was a concern as I had added 4" of xps foam to my sheathing and a rain screen), and the color still looks great. I used lath screws to install it so if I ever needed to undo part of it I could(and I did have to when I installed my HRV vent hoods). I used cedar for my trim instead of the J channel. Easy enough to install that I was able to do it all by myself.

    1. Patrick_OSullivan | | #6

      > I used cedar for my trim instead of the J channel. Easy enough to install that I was able to do it all by myself.

      Did you rabbet the cedar trim so the siding can slide behind it?

      1. user_8675309 | | #8

        I did not. I left about a 1/16-1/8 gap for expansion and caulked the gap.

    2. [email protected] | | #7

      Thanks for the words… good to hear 9 years past and no issues.

  5. user_8675309 | | #9

    Here's what it looked like after I finished.

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