10:29AM | 03/05/07
Member Since: 03/04/07
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Our home still has its original masonite siding, installed in approx. 1972. We lost a few boards in Hurricane Katrina, and we are now faced with repair or replacement of the siding. The siding does have a green growth on it in spots, and it admittedly does need attention in washing and repainting, but it is in otherwise fairly decent shape with the exception of the hurricane damage. We've had estimates for whole house replacement with vinyl siding and with Hardi plank siding. Either of these options is rather costly. We recently had a contractor look at replacing only the damaged boards, pressure washing the siding, Kilzing it, and repainting it. Another contractor says that masonite is awful siding material and would recommend total replacement. We are trying to find an unbiased opinion, and I'm hoping to find it here. Thanks!


02:48PM | 03/05/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
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As YOU describe it the masonite siding is in good shape. Why throw it away.

But use caution in letting him use a pressure washer.

Found out if he has a moisture guage to check and see if it has dried out enough to paint.

And check a couple of recent jobs and look for "tracks" where the pressure damaged the wood.
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