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Old 05-03-2007, 08:50 PM   #1
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So I'm in a predicament...

I'm running low on funds to finish my house remodel. I made it reallll close...

I need a new roof and siding. The estimates for the two are about the same. I have enough to have one done, and I'm hoping to do the other.

I'm leaning towards paying to have the roof done and I'm thinking of using that wood paneling on the exterior, the 4x8 sheets... I think it has an "11" in the name. Each square of panel material seems to be close in price to vinyl. I have no vinyl experience and a bit of general wood experience, so I'm thinking that would be an easier job to do. Plus I can put the paneling right over 2x4s, which will save me from replacing some rotted plywood, I'll just pull it off.

Anyone been in this situation before?

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Old 05-03-2007, 09:54 PM   #2
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Anyone been in this situation before?
What, not having enough money? YES!

I think the sheathing/siding you're talking about is called T-111.

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Old 05-04-2007, 06:16 AM   #3
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I'd definitely vote on getting your roof done first.

...and yes, it is called T-111...
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From what I have read and heard form those that have dont it, vynil siding isnt that hard to install. I think you should really consider doing the vynil. The T-111 is wood and as you know wood requires maintenance. It will need to be treated at least every 2 years and even still you cant prevent it from some discoloration and eventually rotting. If you dont mind replacing it again in 10 years, then go for it.



I'd seriously consider vynil.
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I would do the roof first as well.
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The roof needs to be done first. But I believe the question you are asking is which one should you do the roof or the siding. The roof is the easiest ( at least for me). Your siding will be seen by everybody it needs to be straight and neat. Your roof needs not to leak. If you think you can put on the shingles metal or whatever roofing material you are using and do it in a manner that is code compliant you should do it. Nobody really looks at a homes roof and says wow that roof is not straight ( unless you are a roofer). On the other hand siding is one of the first things people see when they come to your home. Vinyl siding would be my first choice for a DYI it is so forgiving. If you mess up a 4 by 8 sheet of t 111 it is garbage but if you miss cut a piece of vinyl you just reuse it at another location.
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I've been looking into that cement/fiberglass composite stuff that looks like t-111, it's about $20-25 for a 4x8 sheet. It boasts a "50 year warranty"... sounds a bit extreme, but I'm sure it'll last a lot longer than wood. No rotting or bug problems...

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