I’ve been patching it and ignoring it for around 10 years now but the siding in the front of my house needs to be replaced.
Right above the roof of the porch, where the rain drips and splashes onto the siding, the rot is beyond repair. It doesn’t look too bad in the picture but a lot of the surface is caulk and paint. Fine for me but not good when it comes time to sell the house in a year or so.
The majority of the siding is just fine but you can’t find exact replacement planks so the whole thing has to go. Major bummer. I’ve decided that this will be my first winter project. There’s no way in hell I would do it during the summer because it is 100 degrees and humid as a newly opened dishwasher door right after the wash is done. Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent.
Now that winter has come, I am ready to tackle it. I’m going to rip off all the siding, and window trim then put some house wrap on. Next I will use some Hardie Fiberboard Siding. Home depot doesn’t sell any style other than the plain white plank shown below and I want a little texture like the old siding does.
It has surface texture but not really any other look. The old siding had a simulated shingle look that set my house apart from all the others. Hardie does sell a simulated shake style but it is significantly more expensive and I would have to special order it. Bleah.
Fortunately my awesome brain came up with a great plan. It’s really inexpensive too.
I’m going to take that regular 12 foot long siding plank and use my cut off saw to just cut slots in the board. I went and picked up a single plank today for experimentation.
First I score and snap the 12 foot plan into three 4 foot lengths. That way it will be easy for me to handle all alone by myself and should line up with the wall studs.
Next I measured out 6 inch lengths and marked them with a pencil. (48 inches divided evenly by 6.) All I had to do is slice on each mark with my cut-off saw. The blade length automatically determined my 6 inch reveal. The result pictured above looks pretty damn good. I’m sold. What do you think?
Each 12 foot plank costs $6.95 and I calculate the whole side of the house should end up costing me only $344. Shit yeah! Totally worth it and it will fit in my Prius. I guess I’ll just have to get myself psyched up. The hardest part of a large project is getting started on it. Once you get going you wonder why you waited so long then suddenly it’s done.
Do I not kick ass? What would you pay for me now ladies?
The next morning:
OOPS! There’s a flaw in my plan. Do you see it?
It came to me last night while I was lying in bed. The slots are too long and there is about 3 inches of open slottness between each row. Air and water would go right through slots to the sub-wall. Hmmm. I’m going to have to recalculate.
I can reduce the reveal from 6 inches to 4.25″ maximum. That would raise the cost to $410. Around $100 more. I guess it’s still worth it. I won’t be paying labor to anyone so it’s still a steal. I’m not sure I like the smaller tile look but I’ll let it grow on me. It’s not too bad. What do you think?