Choosing Siding for a Shed
LESLIE: Heading over to Texas to chat with Gene about a shed project. What can we do for you?
GENE: Yeah, I’ve got a storage shed – a 10×13 – and I’ve had it, oh, 15, 17 years; something like that. And the material that it’s built out of on the outside, it’s kind of like compressed paper with wood grain on top of it.
TOM: Ah, the dreaded composite siding.
GENE: Yeah. And it’s decompositing. (chuckles)
TOM: Yeah, well that stuff …
LESLIE: It’s become a sponge.
TOM: That stuff is fine as long as you paint it every day before you go to work.
GENE: (chuckling) Oh, yeah. So, what would be the best to replace that with …
TOM: Well, it’s makes a good …
GENE: … so that it doesn’t happen again?
TOM: You know, it makes a good sheathing product and so you could probably put new siding right over that. Now, you’ve got a number of choices. What’s your house sided with right now?
GENE: I’ve got vinyl siding on my house.
TOM: You’ve got vinyl? Well, you know, if you – it depends on what you – how you want this thing to look. I mean, you could vinyl-side the shed or, if you wanted to sort of do it yourself, you could put T1-11 on top of the composite siding. T1-11 can look like sort of board and batten siding. You could use a shingle product like a hardy plank shingle, a cement asbestos shingle. You could pretty much put any siding product right on top of that and just consider the existing composite to be the sheathing for it.
GENE: Alright. Why, thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Gene. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.