I need help identifidentifying this siding

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Old 10-11-14, 08:27 PM
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I need help identifidentifying this siding

Hi all,

I need help identifying this siding. We purchased an old house which has this virtical textured siding. Woodpackers have taken their toll on the stuff.

First pic is just step back so you can see the bigger picture, second pic is a closeup of the damage and to show what it's made of. I believe this stuff is cedar, but since it's painted, I'm not tied to having to find a cedar replacement. I like the look of this stuff, and I'd like to replace all the damaged pieces.

Anyone seen this kind of siding? Can I find a replacement look alike?

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https://picasaweb.google.com/1046459...32327648049234

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Old 10-11-14, 08:36 PM
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Looks sort of like painted Cedar shakes but I'm not sure.

An example unpainted:
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I doubt it will be an exact match but GAF weatherside will probably be the closest thing you will find.

edit... sorry i can see now that its wood. stupid tiny cell phone!

if it is fiber cement it might be nichiha or maxitile.
 
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@ray2047 it is similar in plank size as your pic, but if you look at the close up of it you see that it has a verticaly grooved texture. Almost seems like a manufactured face.

I know it's noT fiber cement, but going check GAF weather side now.
 
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So the GAF weatherside is a good match, they only go up to 14 inches tall, looks like mine is 16" x 18.5. The match on texture was almost spot on...
 
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How old is the house? I've painted quite a few houses back in the 70's-80's with similar siding made out of masonite ..... but you won't find any today as it wasn't a great product for siding.

Not ideal but you could patch the holes. I painted a cedar sided house in the mountains one time that had umpteen woodpecker holes which they had me patch prior to painting. Most of the repairs came out decent - the customer was satisfied
 
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That looks exactly like what I used to have on my house and on one of my rental properties. They were both built in the early to mid-50's. The siding was cedar and was random widths. Unfortunately I was not able to find anything that matched exactly, so I patched woodpecker holes for several years with Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty. FWIW, I finally gave up and re-sided the rental with vinyl and my house with Hardie.

Forgot to mention, try the local lumber yards (not the big box stores), they are more likely to have something that will come close to matching or might even be able to direct you to someplace that does.
 
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Cedar comes in rough cut and smooth finish. Lumber yards will have access to bundles of cedar shakes. I believe they come 5 bundles to a square, but I believe you can purchase a single bundle (it will be pricy). Last repair I did, I go lucky, the lumber yard had a bundle laying around left over from a large order. Gave me a good price on it.

The woodpeckers are after insects, yours looks like possible carpenter bees. Although, the shakes probably are too thin for them. Does the damage go all the way through? Can you remove the shakes, flip them and re-install them backwards?
 
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It does not seem to be cedar shakes but when you replace cedar shakes you use a mixture of #3 or #4 underneath and #1 on top where it shows.
 
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Alright, now that I'm at home and can actually blow up the picture...

You would want to search for what's called "combed" or machine grooved shingles... I assume you're in Canada? No location in your profile.

You can google it and probably find some suppliers in your area. Here's a couple I found:

Machine Grooved Cedar Sidewall Shingles - from Vintage Woodworks
Miller Shingle Comany, Inc. - Cedar Sidewall Shingles

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I believe you may have something very similar, if not exactly the same, as "Weldtex" by US Plywood corp. in the 50's and 60's and maybe longer. I had this material on a house I lived in in the 60's. The pieces come in strip form and I think they were laminated to a fiberboard backing. I'm not sure they are actually solid cedar or a plywood with the grooves. It has always been known in my area as " striated siding".
 
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XSleeper wins!!!!!! Those to places have exactly what I have....at least I'm 95% sure...

Thanks to everyone who replied, this was a huge help.
 
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