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Siding choices?

Michelle Haynes | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

I am replacing aluminum siding and installing new windows and better insulation. What are the pros and cons of HardiePlank vs. cypress plank siding?

I am in middle Tennessee on a lake with lots of square footage.

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  1. Aj Builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | | #1

    Real wood siding is an aesthetic some prefer, the cement board if purchased pre painted holds paint very well and is a good fire stop being that it is cement.

    In the end, personal preference rules in all siding choices including low and high end vinyl.

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    Martin Holladay | | #2

    I agree with A.J. The main advantage of a fiber-cement siding like HardiPlank is that the paint job will last longer. You should save money in the long run, because you won't have to repaint as frequently as you would if you choose real wood siding.

    In either case -- real wood or fiber-cement -- your paint job will last even longer if you install it over a rainscreen gap. For more information on the rainscreen approach, see All About Rainscreens.

    Finally, the GBA Encyclopedia includes an article that you may want to read: Siding Choices.

  3. Michelle Haynes | | #3

    thank you very helpful information.

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