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Old 04-07-2015, 07:34 AM   #61
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cement board is virtually maintenance free, and does offer some more fire resistance. Its also mold resistant, breathes a little bit for moisture control, (not the board itself, but the small gaps inbetween) and bug resistant.

Short of a hurricane ripping pieces off, or a home owner backing their vehicle into it, 30-50 year installations are not uncommon.
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cement board is virtually maintenance free, and does offer some more fire resistance. Its also mold resistant, breathes a little bit for moisture control, (not the board itself, but the small gaps inbetween) and bug resistant.

Short of a hurricane ripping pieces off, or a home owner backing their vehicle into it, 30-50 year installations are not uncommon.
It does not take a hurricane for the stuff to fall off. See houses all the time around here that the wind has blown off.
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It does not take a hurricane for the stuff to fall off. See houses all the time around here that the wind has blown off.

Any time I see it falling off it's due to the installer missing the studs.
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..or overdriving the fasteners..
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I hate the stuff. I installed a lot of Certainteed. That stuff was junk! Shrank, cracked, warped, peeled paint...left a sour taste in my mouth for FC in gerneral.
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they both have shrinkage issues..i don't let it bother me anymore
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they both have shrinkage issues..i don't let it bother me anymore
It's not very much with Hardie though.
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oh..it sure is..in my experience anyway,especially the dark colors
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oh..it sure is..in my experience anyway,especially the dark colors
I got maybe an 1/8" total shrinkage on the last few Hardie Hz5 jobs I hung. These were all painted on site, most a darker color.

Only really noticed on long runs with butts.

I am sneaky and hide the ends in pockets.
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How long were the pieces Warner?
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How long were the pieces Warner?
Full length one's, at the butts.
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We have one Hardie house and it has held up better than the Certainteed but it still has shrinkage and minor cracking. It was a light color with a factory finish.
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We have one Hardie house and it has held up better than the Certainteed but it still has shrinkage and minor cracking. It was a light color with a factory finish.
I have not seen any crack. I hide the other ends in pockets, so shrinkage there is no big deal.

These have all been the Hz5 stuff though, nothing before that.
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Any time I see it falling off it's due to the installer missing the studs.
I think a lot of it has been in gables where there is 24" spacing 2x are laying flat and guys are not watching their nailing .I know a few guys that use and gun and then hand set the nails so the stuff is tight. I just love it when working on a house and can see 1/4 gap or more on the laps. Guys here to like to put it down tight against the roof or tight on concrete.
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We had a pretty gnarly wildfire roll through here last summer, the dudes with cedar siding were s***ing their pants a bit more than the dudes with cement board siding. Made me rethink our plans for our as-yet-unconstructed house.
We had a bonfire one day, so I brought a truckload of ripout to burn. There were a few pieces that just wouldn't burn. It didn't even phase the stuff.

What I don't like about it, is that it's heavy and brittle. Cutting it isn't a problem with the right blade or FC shears.

I might catch flak for this, but for low end siding, I kind of like the smart side lap siding. it's light, cuts with standard blades, no dust, it's light, no snapped pieces, or nailing problems. It looks like OSB, however I took some cuts of it and chucked it in a bucket of water for a week left outside. Zero signs of water absorption or glue failure. Other than fire resistance, it's better in every way to FC.

Personally, I like brick, real stucco, cedar or cypress, pine, smart side, FC - in about that order. I especially like brick for it's maintenance schedule - install, occasionally pressure wash - enjoy! not fond of the look of gable ends in brick though.
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As for relying on caulk for sealing with FC, put a strip of ice/water shield behind the joints. I've also used trim coil. Before that, I was bedding joints in top gun 400. Bead on the installed board, and stick it together.
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Cedar anything shingles or even very commonly used around here FJ Cedar clapboards.

Just because Griz said don't say "vinyl" the masses all choose it and "it" has come a long way. Trim is what makes the job.
just my opinion, i've never put a piece of it on in my life, but vinyl to me takes the look of a trailer or modular home.
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sure because you are probably used to seeing that grade and workmanship,you really wouldn't know otherwise
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how well does vinyl hold up on a 35 degree F morning in a hail storm?

https://www.google.com/search?q=viny...ge%3B400%3B300

i personally have seen this. masonite gets a few dimples in it.

remember, i've never put a chunk of any type of siding up in my life.

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