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Old 10-14-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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My House is about 20 years old and has what I call vertical channel siding, individual boards about 6 inches wide. The design of the house, is a two story and there is no overhang from the roof on either side. The siding is holding up well except the south side which gets all of the weather. The boards are warped and pulling away from the house. There is nothing to nail to underneath except the chip or partical board. I believe I would be wasting my time trying to fix and paint them. I think I would be better off replacing them. My neighbor says I will still have the same problem and thinks I should go with a more traditional siding. Then of coarse I'd have to reside the whole house.
It was originally stained and then later painted if that makes a difference.
Should I replace the siding and use a super good primer and paint?
Put the siding on with screws instead of nails and chaulk the heads and all of the seams and joints?
Or go with the different type or style of siding and do the whole house? I feel that would take away from the design / style of the house though.

Thoughts comments ideas of any kind are most welcome.


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Old 10-15-2008, 07:33 AM   #2
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If the rest of the siding is holding up well I would repair as you described. If it holds up another 20 years you did good.


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Old 10-15-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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As TazinCR said just repleace the siding with the same.

Just make sure there was no water coming down behind the siding from above. A leak along the roof line could have caused the boards to go bad.

If you use screws make sure they are galvanized.

Caulking is also good.

If you paint make sure you put down a good primer first and then a good quality outdoor paint. Don't paint in the morning when there is a higher chance of dew especially this time of year. Wait till the sun gets out and dries things up first.

I would also let the wall dry off after you take off the old siding. I am sure there is water in there since the panels were warped. And get new house wrap or felt on there to keep the wind out.
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