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08-31-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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## Help figuring siding coverage

I just bought a pile of redwood bevel siding from a guy who was going to use it on his cabin but went with half log instead. The siding is about 1/2 inch thick on the wide bevel and 6 or so inches wide. It looks like the exposed will be 5 1/2 inches. I piled them by length and counted what I have, it comes to roughly 3,850 feet. I think I need to divide this by two to get linear feet don't I? Then divide by 100 to see how many square I have? I am trying to figure out if I have enough to side my home that is a story and a half, 12-12 pitch roof with demensions of 32x28. thanks.

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You'd divide by 2 to get an approximation of square feet, when you counted 3850 I would presume that is your linear feet... so 32+28+32+28 = 120 feet of perimeter, if it's 10' tall that is 1200 square feet, then if you have gable ends on the 28' long dimension then your area from that on both ends is 28x28 = 784, so you'd need 1984 and you have 1925.

Of course, there is area you can take out because of windows and doors, but the bigger problem is that in fact, the divide by 2 approximation assumes using the full 6" width, but you said you'd have to overlap for 5.5" of usable width so really here's how you do that calculation:

3850 linear feet x 5.5" of width / 12" per foot = 1764.6 square feet

If you only had 8' tall on the sides not including the gable that's 960 square feet for a total of 1744 square feet in which case you might be okay.

Hope that helps

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 08-31-2011, 02:30 PM #3 Member   Join Date: Jul 2010 Posts: 2,082 Rewards Points: 24 You can get there a couple of ways, but I would multiply the 3850 feet by 12 to get 46200 inches, then multiply that by 5.5 if that is the amount of exposed siding that you go with, then divide that by 144 to get the total coverage of 1764+/- square feet, as an example. That way, when you measure your height, and decide that you actually want say 5-3/8" of coverage, you can simply recalculate it using a 5.375 multiplier instead of 5.5. Regardless, then you need to figure the amount of wall that you need to cover, and see how it plays out. I would also check with the manufacturer, or more than likely someone here can tell you, regarding how much lap is sufficient. Then, of course, you need to consider the overall condition of the stock, etc., in order to approximate the amount of waste that you need to allow for, which, again, maybe one of the experts here can provide something beneficial to you.

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 08-31-2011, 03:28 PM #5 Member     Join Date: Mar 2010 Location: Kansas City/Oregon Coast Posts: 9,832 Rewards Points: 92 You need at an 1 Ό” overlap min. __________________ A Picture Is Worth A Thousand WordsEspecially In The DIY Chatroom
 08-31-2011, 04:04 PM #6 Indentured Servant   Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Grand Rapids Minnesota Posts: 129 Rewards Points: 75 I looked at it closer, the siding is rabbited with a 5 inch reveal. It will be close but not quite enough. Checked local lumber yards i cant even get this stuff around here.
 08-31-2011, 04:21 PM #7 Member   Join Date: Jul 2010 Posts: 2,082 Rewards Points: 24 So, maybe you should figure out how much is lacking, and consider some options. Do something different under the windows? Brick up to a 3' or so high ledge on one or two walls? Just a couple of things to think about.
 08-31-2011, 04:41 PM #8 Ole Wood Worker     Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee Posts: 10,255 Rewards Points: 116 Blog Entries: 1 You could also do a dog ear shake shingle in the gables or something in the gables to save siding. Another option is do the rear wall in a different siding. Just a thought. __________________ New members: Please consider adding your location to your profile. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/forum.php Jim
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 Originally Posted by jackpine I looked at it closer, the siding is rabbited with a 5 inch reveal. It will be close but not quite enough. Checked local lumber yards i cant even get this stuff around here.
½ rabbited, beveled siding, never heard of such a thing.
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 Originally Posted by kwikfishron ½ rabbited, beveled siding, never heard of such a thing.
Maybe my terminology is off, the siding is bevel, the top or narrow part fits up tight to a lip cut in the back of the thicker end of the bevel so you don't need to make a jig or snap lines every time you start a row.

I like everyones ideas here, keep them up. I only paid 500 dollars for the siding so I am well under budget so far.

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08-31-2011, 06:36 PM   #12
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 Originally Posted by kwikfishron If you really want ideas post some pictures of this siding and your house.
Neighbor is a contractor, he told me to put the siding on craigslist, sell it and buy all the cedar you need. He claims that 8 cents a foot is pretty much a steal on this stuff.

 08-31-2011, 07:01 PM #13 Indentured Servant   Join Date: Sep 2008 Location: Grand Rapids Minnesota Posts: 129 Rewards Points: 75 Using all your help, I see I have 1604 sq. feet of siding since the reveal is only about 5 inches.
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 Originally Posted by kwikfishron If you really want ideas post some pictures of this siding and your house.
Bad photo but here is the siding on my trailer.

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 Originally Posted by jackpine Using all your help, I see I have 1604 sq. feet of siding since the reveal is only about 5 inches.
What that really means is you can cover about 14 sq. maybe a little more.

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