We are planning on vinyl siding for our new home here in Pennsylvania. We like the look of some of the board-and-batten styles, but vinyl siding generally requires at least 3/4″ deep nailing surface and sheathing generally doesn’t qualify. Horizontal siding can be nailed through the sheathing to the studs, but vertical siding would need strapping, or essentially a horizontal rain screen. That sounds like a bad idea to me. Any rain that gets behind the siding will run down the WRB and puddle on these horizontal pieces. Is this a problem, or does vinyl siding allow quick enough drying that it’s OK? The horizontal strapping approach seems to be what manufacturers recommend.
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