My wife and I just purchased our first home (well technically the
close hasn't happened yet, but it's going through escrow).
The home inspector recommended that we replace the siding, so we are
going to do that. Right now the siding is some sort of old composite
that is falling apart. We are trying to decide what to put up.
Vinyl is very durable and doesn't need painting but most vinyl that I
have seen is kind of ugly.
If we get cedar siding that is stained and sealed, how often will it
have to be stained and sealed?
If we get a composite siding, how often will that have to be stained
and sealed? And what is the best type of composite siding to get?
Thanks in advance for the advice.
I recommend cement siding. I have Hardie Plank on my house and it looks
You can get it pre-painted, and the finish has a warranty. It eventually
painting, but it won't go bad like the Masonite you had did.
Vinyl clad aluminum has looked good here for about 20 years but is beginning
to fade. Would still recommend it based on my own satisfaction. Dark colors
my wife and I preferred were only available in vinyl clad aluminum and could
not be purchased in vinyl, so I was "forced" to go with aluminum if I wanted
a dark chocolate brown color. Not sure if this is still true or not.
That's the color I have, and vinyl siding wouldn't come with a
warranty in that color, I hear. STill quite a few neigbhors bought
it, and it doesn't seem to have faded, in vinyl.
The next n'hood over is a bit cheaper than ours, and the original
vinyl goes to the grass, instead of having a brick first floor, and
there seem to be several holes in the vinyl, I don't know why. Too
cheap? Use of ladders?
I was told, when I called and asked Temna antennas, I think it was,
that aluminum (and steel I'm sure) siding could interfere with radio
reception. Seems reasonable.
Doesn't aluminum dent?
have friend with cedar siding, at 20 years home needs resided, birds
pecked holes in siding looks bad, maintence costly.
metal aluminimum or steel will hurt radio tv and espically cell phone
reception a lot. have friend who must go outside to use cell phone.
vinyl siding looks good lasts just about forever, requires no
maintence at all. doesnt dent either.
composites might be ok but as you get older no maintence becomes more
I have cedar siding, 80 years old. Where I stripped and re-painted, it
looks better than new. And I do mean better than anything I've seen on
Of course it does need periodic maintainence.
few people go to all the work of stripping and repainting plus 80 year
old siding was old growth wood. grows slow extra strong and hard. much
new farm raised wodd is softer, bigger rings less strong rots easier
and probably wouldnt make even 40 years let alone 80. its why wood
twists bends and such today. its farm raised fast and not nearly as
Sometimes slower growth (cooler climate, naturally seeded) forested
Canadian wood is deemed denser, slightly stronger, more stable and
more desirable for that reason. Problem is that lumber lobbyists in US
have succeeded in having protective tariffs placed on imported,
lumber! That and the currently falling value of the US dollar isn't
helping US house building costs!
That's a pretty touchy subject where I live, Minnesota. It is said
that those tarriffs are necessary since the Canadian lumber industry
is subsidized by default. No Canadian company has to pay health care
premiums. All U.S. employers do. That is in effect, a subsidy for
all Canadian products including lumber.
There's no need to ask Bob. Americans deserve government guranteed
health care just like Canada. Unfortunatly, that can never happen
when so much is spent on the Military. So for now, it has to be
tarrifs or our lumber industry will fail and children will go hungry.
Just so you know.
What a crappy comment. Do you give a shit about anyone but
yourself? Get a clue, lack of susidized health care is destroying
American business. When every other decent country provides for their
citizens, it creates a competitive disadavatage. Does that mattter to
I also have insurance but I don't need to gloat. I am grateful to have
it and humbled by those who don't. I can only hope to keep up with
No one but you cares whether or not you personally have insurance.
Everyone cares if the American economy is being destroyed by a broken
health care system. America is a nice place but the United States
government treats it's citizens very poorly, unless you are a
government employee that is. I bet you have a government job.
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