How to protect cedar siding that contacting ground?

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Old 10-15-18, 07:38 PM
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Question How to protect cedar siding that contacting ground?

I'm replacing entrance steps (and walkway) to the house, and we have cedar siding. Siding will come into contact with ground (paver gravel and sand), no way around it so what would be the best way to protect it from termites, etc.? Some kind of tar paper? There was something there when I dug out old steps, unfortunately I didn't think of saving and examining it closer
 
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Old 10-15-18, 08:06 PM
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What do you mean "no way around it"? Of course there is. You never want siding to be close to grade, so the best thing to do is to put something there that won't rot, such as a 1x6 "watertable" trim made of pvc. Cap that with a drip cap... start your siding above that.

The best way to protect a house from termites is to have the ground treated for termites periodically. Putting wood next to the ground is just inviting them in. Concrete often was flashed with copper back in the day.
 
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Siding should be at least 6" above the ground. No way around it.
 
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As noted above you do not want the siding touching the ground!
If you post a pic or two we might be able to come up with a good solution - https://www.doityourself.com/forum/e...-pictures.html
 
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Thanks guys, added photo
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As you can see side already was below ground previously, but there were timbers around pavers. Also this area is covered and dry and siding is Cedar...
That's a good idea about trim, do you know who sells this watertable trim? I can't find it, maybe it's called something else?
 
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It is vinyl (pvc) trim. Azek, Versatec, Royal building products vinyl trim, etc. You don't go to the store and ask for water table trim. That's what it's called once you make/install it.
 
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