Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


12:54PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 07/11/03
4 lifetime posts
My house is 14 years old. I purchased it new and since the second year the cedar that wraps the entire house has been a problem. Constant bleeing through of knots and constant paint flaking/chipping. If you count the original stain, we have stained the exterior 4 times (4 different contractors/processes) in 14 years and right now it looks its worst. We have power washed, scrapped, used Zinzer stain control....and still every couple of years it looks horrible. (We have used Benjamin Moore stain all the time).

Now that it needs something done again, I am considering bricking the whole thing or maybe replacing all the siding....because this painting at over $4K a time is really adding up.

My neighbor replace 3/4 of his siding with brick this summer.....real brick, not veneer. The contractor who did it did not pour foundations, they installed steel L brackets into the existing foundation and rested the brick on top of that. It looks fantastic....but is that a standard method? I have never heard of that? Any problems to worry about?

Any advice to resolve this problem once and for all would be appreciated!


02:22PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
My understanding is that the full brick veneer (compared to structural brick) is normally set on a ledge cast into the foundation. I would be concerned with installing steel below grade. You could have the supports rust out in a few years. If you do this, make sure you have good drainage to keep the steel dry. You might look into various coatings to protect the steel. Pipelines, water tanks, etc. have protective anodes (zinc etc) that rust before the steel does.

When you look further, get the oldest install you can and check it's condition.

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