I am building a small shed 10x12 with plans from Betterbarns.com. I like
the look of t&g vertical siding, but I hate t-111. Are there any cost
effective solutions, or do I need to bite the bullet and buy cedar for big
bucks ?? One other question... can I use t&g pine or pine shiplap. If yes,
are there special precautions I need to take.
Thank you for your time.
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I don't know where you live but I'm sure you've probably driven through
older neighborhoods that were built back in the 20's or so - right? Well,
those single car garages were typically built with shiplap siding (pine
being one choice of wood hereabouts) and then primed and painted using oil
based paints. They're still standing and those that were tended too over
the years with a fresh coat of paint every generation are still looking good
in our neighborhoods. I dare say, they'll outlive the plastic garages....
When you're building the shed be sure to prime and/or seal (Thompson's or
other sealers) those pieces which will be subject to having snow up against
them or pieces that will be more exposed to rain such as trim where it acts
as a ridge. On my shed, I sealed those pieces on all sides and especially
the ends by letting them sit in a container and soak up the sealer in the
endgrain. Instructions will tell you how long the wood must weather with the
sealer on it before you can prime and paint (~30 days).
Then I really screwed up and used the Home Depot brand of primer and paint
(alkyd based). The paint lasted about 3 years and the primer is now showing
thru. I'll use a different brand as soon as we get dried out here in the
northeast - lesson learned.
Hardiplank, if you can deal with not using wood.
If you can find a source of economical pine, just buy some boards and seal
with a good stain. If you can find a local mill, pine is cheaper than T111.
Of course you need to dry it, or find some that has been stacked for a few
Put the shed on treated skids and get it off the ground on blocks, if
If I were you I'd buy some common pine, nice wide boards to build it. I
have a barn built in 1889 (pine boards I think) and a few years back we
added a garage to an old post and beam machine shed (now my workshop)
and the entire building was clad in pine board and battens. One
suggestion when adding the battens is to either nail them between the
boards onto the framing or if you wish to nail them to the boards, just
nail one side of the battens and in a year or so nail down the other
side. Another nice look is to consider an angle on each edge of the
I suppose you can seal the cladding if you want but we did nothing and
after 5 or 6 years it matches the old barn that's right next to it.
I have built many small buildings for shops, wood storage, generator switch
gear etc. and keep going back to board and batten. Here in Maine we pay
$.50 per bf for 10 inch pine, rough sawn. Where are you located?
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