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tsterkel
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2008-08-07          155918


I love both Hardiboard (like wood, but out of concrete composite), and enameled steel for siding.

What is your EXPERIENCE, please. What is cheaper, what is best from maintenance perspective

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2008-08-07          155919


Metal is probably the least maintenance, but I like HardiPlank. It just seems more substantial to me. Get it preprimed and it holds paint for at least 10 years (after 8 years our paint has faded a bit but there is no sign of peeling). ....

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earthwrks
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2008-08-08          155921


Metal is cheaper and easier to maintain.

But, I have to wonder why you ask--are you planning on building? Are you building yourself or hiring it out? Do you have help to install either product if you do it yourself? You most likely won't need help for metal.

And not all cementious products are the same. Some have a self-alignment ridge along the back making installation easy and quick. Cheaper ones don't.

And if wind load is a concern, not all are rated highly. ....

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2008-08-08          155923


If I'm thinking of the same stuff my neighbor has it on his house. The house was built in the mid 70's and the siding is beginning to show it's age. It needs painting but other wise is in pretty good shape. Steel buildings I built in the same time frame now need to be painted, especially the roofs, they are starting to show some rust. Why don't I paint them? I don't own them anymore. The product the neighbor used was in 4X8/9 panels, don't remember for sure, but where one panel joined the next from above looked like it would be a good place for leaks to start. Frank. ....

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2008-08-08          155925


Frank I don't think you are thinking of the same stuff. This product looks like painted or primed "1 by" or typical wood, ship-lapped siding used many years ago. It's very heavy in weight (it's made of cement), cannot be direct nailed without shattering it or bending the nails---though I have seen guys use nail guns but it sometimes shatters or drives the nail too far. Usually the holes have to be predrilled on site to accept nails. Product also comes in brick mouldings, trim, and basically every other configuration as wood. On a prefab, double-wide home I helped install on the Gulf Coast, the added weight to the home was 40,000 lbs. Most of it was installed, the rest was stored inside the home halves during transit. ....

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2008-08-08          155927


The brand not sure of but was purchased from Lowes four or so years ago. They did have it in both the "boards" and "panels". Not sure now the length of the panels if 8 or 9 foot but were pleased with it very well. We used the panels but can understand the concern with the joint. Guess that is true for any joint though. EW, can not remember if we had to predrill holes are were able to use a special nail. If memory is correct they have a special nail for it.

Frank I don't think this product has been out there that long and some of the products that were out there in the 70's are not lasting here.

If appearance were a issue I would use the boards, if just sealing it, then I would use the metal if off the ground enough to prevent the bottom edge from rusting. kt ....

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