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Cedar Lap Board Siding
We need a portion of exterior wall
siding replaced. For some reason the wood has deteriorated on a portion of the house. Our
first estimate for replacement of the cedar lap board siding was very high, apparently
because of the cost of the cedar. The siding is 1/8 to 3/4 inch by 9 1/2 inch boards. Does
anyone know of a good source for this material? or any other suggestions?
10" cedar siding can be ordered
from any home improvement supplier like Home Depot. If you need clear #1 stain grade, it
will cost you more than pre-primed #2 paint grade.
Either way cedar isn't cheap, and
installing it takes longer than vinyl.
Replacing Facia Board
I live in Tampa, FL, and need to replace a lot of my facia board on my house. I have a couple of estimates, and one vinyl siding company wants to put vinyl there. I was told that this problem would re-occur if I just replaced the wood.
Any ideas on this project?
If you keep the wood well painted it will last a long time, but vinyl is final.... Even if the wood is covered with aluminum, it will last a longer than wood left to withstand the sun and rain.
My horizontal masonite siding is
pulling away from the vertical trim. I'm afraid I may be getting some water damage. What
would be the best way to handle this problem. Should I remove the existing caulking
material and replace with new so I seal the voids?
Yes by all means you should fix
this... water will be getting back there where it shouldn't. The house won't rot and fall
down over night.. but serious rot could set in after just one season.
Pull off/scrape off any loose or in
the way caulking. Re-secure the siding tight to the house. Nail it back in. Then caulk any
I just purchased a home with cedar siding. (The boards run vertically on the house) I noticed that there are a few spots where knots in the cedar fell out leaving holes (Up to 2 inches in diameter). I had a pest inspection and was advised these holes were not caused by termites, wasps, carpenter ants, etc.
What is the best material to fill these holes with? I plan on leaving the natural cedar color so I need something to blend with the wood.
Also, I've heard that linseed oil is good for treating cedar siding. Is this true? What would you recommend?
How many and how big are the knot holes? You can cut plugs from cedar and glue them in, sanding them flush for perhaps the best look. Or get a cedar colored wood filler and plug them with that.(make sure it says for exterior use)I would use a clear wood finish .. some are made specially for cedar and redwood...rather than plain linseed oil.
Cedar siding & stain question
Our new house has cedar siding that hasn't been stained in years. Some has recently been replaced & looks great. The rest is various colors depending on location. How do you use a semi-transparent stain & get it to all look the same. We are having it power washed & will need to remove a lot of mildew. will that do it?
With a semi-transparent stain you get fairly uniform color and coverage. I think after cleaning you will have good luck as long as you are staining the same or very close to the original color stain.
Cedar Siding Repairs
I have a bird (woodpecker) poking holes on my siding. What can I use to fill the holes and or replace the individual boards?
You can use wood filler or exterior grade joint compound if the siding is to be painted. Or just replace the boards by prying up the board above and removing the nails, the board in question, then installing the new piece, then renailing.