Cement fiber board clearance


Old 11-16-14, 08:30 PM
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Cement fiber board clearance

I'm looking at buying a house but the cement fiber siding has only a couple inches clearance. The soil is covered in some type of stone chips.

Based on pictures of the house next door by the same builder, which is under construction, the cement foundation goes up about a foot over the soil. There are vents in the siding near the soil every 4-5 feet.

We had it inspected and he said it wasn't to code because it should be 6" clearance from siding to soil. He also said it shouldn't be a problem... Our inspector said the builder usually won't fix it. It just feels like a lot mixed messages and not sure what to do. Second opinion?

Grade is mostly flat with maybe slight slope away from house in places, on pretty high ground. No basement and this is in the northwest. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Normally the siding is attached to lumber and not to the masonry foundation. The main problem with cement siding being close to the ground is moisture/bugs getting behind it and attacking the wood framing. Pics might be helpful.
Old 11-17-14, 06:59 AM
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Fiber cement siding should usually be 6" to grade, however there is a provision that it can be as close as 1 to 2" (depending on the brand and their mfg's installation instructions) when the siding is installed horizontally over a roof, sidewalk, steps, etc. So if there is no chance that grass will grow up onto the siding, or that dirt and mud will be spashing onto the siding when it rains, it may be okay even if it's less than 6" to grade.

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