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Old 07-06-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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Cedar T&G Soffit??


Looking at doing a cedar soffit above my entry. My entry also has a deck as well. I was thinking I could stain the soffit the with the same stain/sealer I am using on my deck. I would stain the boards before installing them, I dont see how that would cause any issues.

As for attaching this, I currently have a plywood soffit in this area and my plan was to just install the T&G directly over this, or do I need any sort of vapor barrier? As for installing it I was thinking about using liquid nails and some small brads, then I read liquid nails is bad because it wont allow for expansion & contraction, so maybe just use some brads to install it??

My last question is I am not sure what the difference is between these two products.. If I got to the paneling section they have boxes of several pieces of 8' long knoty cedar for about $20 or if I go to the lumber section I can get one piece of 8' long knotty cedar for $15.. So I think I will just get when they call paneling because it is so much cheaper, it is a little thinner but I see no reason why it wouldnt work for me..

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I was thinking I could stain the soffit the with the same stain/sealer I am using on my deck. I would stain the boards before installing them, I dont see how that would cause any issues.
Yes, you can do that.

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do I need any sort of vapor barrier?
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As for installing it I was thinking about using liquid nails and some small brads??
Forget the glue and use 2" 15-16 gauge galvanized or stainless steel nail

Nail through the tongue into a joist or rafter, not just the old soffit.

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My last question is I am not sure what the difference is between these two products.. If I got to the paneling section they have boxes of several pieces of 8' long knoty cedar for about $20 or if I go to the lumber section I can get one piece of 8' long knotty cedar for $15.. So I think I will just get when they call paneling because it is so much cheaper, it is a little thinner but I see no reason why it wouldnt work for me.
The difference is thickness and possibly/probably species of Cedar. You should be using 3/4" Western Red Cedar for soffit.

A 1x6 T&G should be at the most .95-1.10 a foot in Tacoma. What "exactly" are you looking at that cost $15 for 8'???

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ya know Ron i like to pl v groove soffit to the framing,i think it helps keep everything a little tighter despite minor seasonal movement..just my opinion
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ya know Ron i like to pl v groove soffit to the framing,i think it helps keep everything a little tighter despite minor seasonal movement..just my opinion
Well then glue away.

I’ve never seen the need if properly fastened nor see any reason why it shouldn’t be either.

This of coarse is assuming the operator can keep the glue on the right side of the board which can prove to be challenging for some.
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