Wood siding options

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Old 11-03-04, 01:10 PM
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Wood siding options

Hey All,

I am the process of designing/building a house. The house is a standard colonial in vermont. I have just found out the homeowners association I am building in doesnt permit vinyl siding, so I have to come up with options.

My GC has suggested cedar clap board, but my wife and I are not keen on the idea of Natural Cedar on a colonial so we would plan on painting it. Since we are planning to paint it, our GC suggested using Spruce clapboards instead. Are their drawbacks to using spruce?

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Properly installed, caulked, primed, and painted, the spruce should last a long time.
 
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what would be the difference between it and cedar. Besides price.
 
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I cannot think of any significant differences.
 
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why not look into a fiber cement board like hardie plank. they look just like wood with out any of the worries of wood, ie. rot, termites, etc. they come as pre primed panels ready to paint or pre painted. i prefer the pre primed and have them painted after install. the pre painted tend to have ugly finger prints and marks from install that have to be touched up anyway. they are cheaper than wood siding and slightly more than vinyl. very durable
 
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We are inverstigating the hardiplank as well.. My one concern is my gc hasnt had any experience with it. Would mean getting yet another sub.
 
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the hardiplank isnt all that difficult to install. if your gc is worth his salt he'll be able to do it. nails up like a wood siding. nothing to it.
 
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