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Material for Skirt Board

kflammia1 | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

Does anyone know of a PVC free skirt board material.  Moisture and insect resistant but firm for potential impacts at grade. Project in upstate NY.  Thanks

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  1. kyle_r | | #1
  2. kflammia1 | | #2

    Isn't it a little soft for a skirt board? We use it for trim around windows and siding.

  3. kyle_r | | #3

    Just wanted to make sure you were aware of it. It’s an option for non pvc ground rated contact material. I haven’t taken a weed wacker to it personally, it may or may not be tough enough depending on the impacts you are anticipating.

  4. Expert Member
    Michael Maines | | #4

    Cellular PVC and TruExterior poly/ash are the only board-like products I know of that are rated for ground contact. Neither will hold up to a lot of direct abuse by weedwackers etc., but you should have a zone around the house without vegetation anyway, to help with bugs/weeds/fire.

    If you want a more durable solution, I have seen stainless steel sheet metal used for skirting. My personal favorite is to install expanded metal lathe and parge-coat it with cementitious or synthetic stucco (Styro Tuff II or similar.)

  5. rockies63 | | #5

    What about Hardie Trim fiber cement products?

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      Akos | | #6

      Hardie in ground contact is bad idea in snow country, once it gets wet and freezes, it turns into mush.

      Some of the adhered thin stone/brick veneers can be installed pretty close to the ground if there are pavers and they take plenty of abuse. Not cheap but you also don't need a whole lot.

  6. woobagoobaa | | #7

    We used a lot of this for exterior trim ...

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