We have a 2400-sq-foot, prairie farmhouse which we are grateful was saved in the late 1980s BUT was vinyl-sided. It had been abandoned for over 15 years before that and we suspect the original siding was removed, or is irreparable.
We like the idea of composite, paint-impregnated, but hate the LP Smartside stock colors and can't justify custom prices for an older-looking color palate. Plus we want the old-time look of a narrower-looking siding; in-state reps claim 4" can't even be obtained custom order.
We loved Hardie while living in Alaska, but hear that it fades in the harsh prairie climate (you want white clothes? The sun here in Dakota eliminates *all* traces of oily tomato stains from white cotton slacks!) and also that the wild temperature fluctuations cause it to crack and split.
The box stores only offer these two products. Surely there are smaller companies out there that offer reproduction composite, in a 3" visible width, that is paint-impregnated? We are retired now and don't want to clamber up steep ladders on top of steep roofs to paint steep peaks, but we are adamant that we don't want vinyl, either. We would like to live here, without painting, until we someday downsize to a retirement community. And for the amount of money we expect to outlay for windows, insulation and siding, we figure surely we can gain that small satisfaction from the result.
Thanks for reading. Any ideas, suggestions or stories of experiences are appreciated. It's amazing what can come from even the smallest, unintended piece of information from others.