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santim550
Keep 45 yo rough cedar siding or re-side with vinyl?
santim550

I recently had a fire in my home. I was told that I can just replace the 3/4" burned rough cedar siding on the portion that was burned, then pressure wash and paint the whole house, or tear off the cedar and replace with vinyl. The rough cedar on my house is 45 yo with some warping and cracking in places. Any suggestions?

ordjen
Re: Keep 45 yo rough cedar siding or re-side with vinyl?
ordjen

I would give some consideration to not replacing the cedar with more cedar, but to completely reside the house with HardiPlank cement board siding. It does not burn or rot and termites don't like it. It also holds paint extremely well.
I would avoid vinyl siding. Its initial cost may be low, but long term, HardiPlank presents less problems and adds to the value of your home.

My present home has HardiPlank on it and after 16 years, it looks as good as new. The current paint job is 10 years old and is in perfect shape. I just recently built a privacy wall adjacent to my house and used HardiPlank on it too.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Keep 45 yo rough cedar siding or re-side with vinyl?
Mastercarpentry

It's up to you, but I'd avoid vinyl for the reasons already suggested. If you like the cedar then go with it, replacing any warped or damaged pieces as needed all over before painting. This is probably the most economical approach and it will not change the character of the house or require any other alterations to make something else work out. Hardie isn't a bad choice either but it too will need maintenance and painting in the future where vinyl won't. Vinyl isn't bad but neither is it seen as adding value or stylish anymore. Siding has a tough job to do and as long as it's done right and maintained, any of the usual siding materials will do just fine for you.

Phil

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