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Old 03-31-2014, 08:19 AM   #1
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We are in the process of getting ready for new vinyl siding . Once cedar shakes are removed we have the choice of vinyl siding with foam built into it or siding without foam built in. Installer says foam in siding would get a layer of house wrap before installation siding without foam built in would get fanfold board before installation. Does this sound right?

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Skip the "insulated" siding.
Going to cost far more and offer very little real R value.
Hope your getting quotes from real siding company's not from the box stores.
If they go with the fan make sure they tape all the seams.

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Make sure the siding there installing is .045, not .040 thick.
You'll find that Dutch lap, or beaded siding is stronger and is less likely to wave.
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Joecaption, it is a real siding company. They said if I go with the non foam siding I could also do houesewrap and fan fold
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It's all about personel preference and aesthetics as far as what style but I try to use the double 4" dutch lap when the customers will go along with it.You will have less issues as Joe said.I use 1/4" fanfold under .046 siding on most houses.
Watch how they lap the siding when they start.There is one company in this area that just takes 2' off all there starts that ends up making a diagonal pattern with the laps.Looks like s&^*.They have been doing this for 30 years.
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I dig the foam backed siding for the rigidity of the panel and better straighness to the panels.
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There's a ton of ways to install siding wrong.
Seems like a simple enough job, the catch is in all the details.
Just a few I get to see every day.
Not taking into consideration the prevailing wind direction. That will tell you what direction to start the siding.
If you have an older house with additions added on over the years and the siding is at different levels or better yet a porch that was later on enclosed and the slab is at a slope needs special attention so all the outside corner are even.
Over nailing the siding to tight.
Cheaping out and not using split blocks around any wiring and outside faucets.
Not installing siding blocks behind any phone or cable boxes.
Cheaping out and using painted smooth coil stock instead of PVC coil stock to trim out the windows and door trim.
Starting on the back side of the house and using all the short cut out pieces on the front side of the house.
Not leaving 3/8" of room for the siding to expand and contract around the siding blocks.
No Z molding over the windows and doors.
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