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Old 08-06-08, 10:00 AM
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Question your expert opinion please

The architecture wood triming/siding you see decorating the doors and windows on this one-story church building is deteriorating and warping.
what do you recommend for a solution?
remove the wood and replace it?
replace it with what?
build up over the existing siding with another material?
there are two doors and 16 windows with this conditon.
and the church doesn't have much of an income -what would be the most suitable finish to remedy this problem.
the building is located in Mio, Michigan - extreme temp variation.
thank you much for your time.

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Old 08-06-08, 05:33 PM
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Looks like a great place to use Azek. It's a cellular PVC material that nails, cuts and routers like wood. It comes in dimensions similar to dimensional lumber, in 18' lengths. You can also get 4x8 sheets of it in a few thicknesses like 1/4" and 3/4", and 1" ATM. It bends easily so for those barrel soffits you'd maybe want to use the 1/4 sheets, and for the cut out faces, maybe use the 3/4.

You'll need to install some blocking behind it on those tight radii where the sticks are falling down.

Azek isn't cheap... in fact, it costs a small fortune, but it's the best product for something like that and it should solve your problem. You'll want to use high quality paint that is meant for vinyl applications, such as Sherwin Williams Superpaint or Resilience. (vinyl-safe).

If you wanted to save some $$$, maybe just start by removing/replacing the worst of the problem areas, and if there's nothing wrong with the rest, just keep it caulked and painted so that it lasts as long as possible.

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