07:11AM | 05/14/04
Member Since: 03/23/04
10 lifetime posts
I am going to be installin wood siding on my home this summer. Currently it has vinyl siding over asphalt siding. I will be removing the vinyl of course, but would it be necessary to remove the asphalt? I am thinking it would actually be beneficial to leave it in place. Also, I was told that I should install vertical firring strips to allow space behind the wood for circulation of air to help prevent moisture build up. Any thoughts on this? Should I install any type of barrier behind the wood, house wrap, felt paper, ect.? My local sawmill offers poplar and pine wood siding. Would one be recommended over the other? They are the same price. I live in eastern WV. Last one, I know I am full of them today, I plan on using a transparent or semi-transparent stain/water proofer. Should this be applied on front and back? Thanks for any help on any of my questions.


09:42AM | 05/22/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
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All wood siding should be preprimed, front and back. it is best to install over the furring to provide a drainage plane. The lap siding we use is clear vedrtical grain cedaar, prestained at the factory. I use pine for economy jobs but still make sure it is backprimed. I would never use poplar for any exterior material but if forced to it, I would definitely use the furring channerl and figure an extra coat or two of paint. It rots too easily.

Cabots is a good stain to use.

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