11:28AM | 10/10/05
Member Since: 10/09/05
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I live in NE Florida, an admittedly humid area, but build a shop using T-111 siding believing it was the appropriate choice. In its 10 years, the shop has been painted three times with Behr premium exterior latex. I've already ground out several areas of rot, treated, and backfilled with epoxy, but the rate of deterioration is becoming overwhelming. I probably now have 20 areas of rot, mushrooms growing out of wood that was chlorox washed and painted a only a month ago. Where did I go wrong? Is there a way to stop it? If I tear the siding off, is there a better material to go with? Thanks.


12:32PM | 10/11/05
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts

I hate to say it, but your one and only mistake was using the T-111. This is a product that should be outlawed.

The real solution to your problem is to remove it and replace with Hardi panel. Hardi panel is a Concrete/Fiber mix that comes in 4x8 sheets and has all the trim pieces made of the same material. Hardi Panel is a little pricey but it comes already primed (on both sides) for painting (you only need to paint the face side) and resists the humidity, rot, and bugs, including termites.

You could go with a wood siding but you would have to paint or treat both sides of the wood for moisture protection.

Hardi Panel is hard to cut though. Use a circular saw and put the blade in backwards, or you can get a diamond blade. Whatever blade you use, keep in mind that this project will most likely be the only project for the blade. Wear a dust mask, safety glasses, and ear plugs when cutting. Nailing is a trick too, but with practice you will get the hang of it. No pun intended.

I hope this helps.

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