Ground contact - Hardiplank 4x8 siding


Old 06-30-07, 09:21 AM
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Ground contact - Hardiplank 4x8 siding

I recently resided a detached garage with 4x8' siding. The bottoms of the previous siding had begun to rot due to ground exposure. The new siding is still fairly close to the ground. Any recommendations on how to avoid having the same problem? When I purchased the home, the inspector recommended laying bricks below the edge around the garage. Would this work? Any better options?

The garage has a slab concrete floor, siding goes to just below the top of the slab, on the outside of it. Surrounding ground in mostly level with the top of the siding.

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Old 06-30-07, 10:47 AM
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When the ground is too high, the best thing to do is lower the ground level. That is the best solution. If for some reason that can't be done, pavers might help, but splashing will still cause wetting, and hardiplank will certainly not tolerate ground contact.

You might consider installing a horizontal trim- skirt or "frieze board"- depending on how you want to refer to it- below the siding.

You might get some ideas from the following older thread:

In addition to the comments in that thread, Azek trim is an additional product you could consider. Since it is made of cellular PVC, it would actually be the BEST trim product you could choose for this location, and it can be painted any color you choose. It is a little pricy, however. But you should never have to replace it again due to rot, so that's worth something.
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