07:37AM | 03/18/05
Member Since: 03/17/05
1 lifetime posts
My husband and I are planning to Hardi plank our house this summer. It was built in the 30's and we are in a pretty cold climate. When we were remodeling the bathroom we found out the exterior walls aren't sheeted-well they are but they are t&g on the interior side of the studs. We were wondering if we need to sheet the outside w/ plywood or something before we put up the siding or if we can just reinsulate and tyveck the exterior. Currently we have tar paper and then wood siding on the exterior of the studs. Any advise would be great!


02:19AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
95 lifetime posts
I'm NOT an all around construction specialist, roofing being my main expertise. But I think the exterior walls should defininately be sided prior to the the Hardi-plank installation.

Over the years I've seen houses being built which went from:

plywood walls,

to plywood on the wall corners and fiberboard throughout the rest of it,

to fiberboard everywhere,

to silver-faced foam everywhere,

to who-knows what everywhere these days.

I live in a 76 year old house with 2by4 rafters, no insulation in the walls, etc. When dealing with an older house I think one usually needs to compromise between what one wants, what one can afford, and what the legal/local building code requirements are. We all can't spend $200,000 and up on recreating our homes like they do so frequently on TV shows.

Contact the manufacturer, through their website, phone calls, etc. I'm sure they must have various "spec" sheets and/or requirements decribed somewhere for your perusal.

One other thing, I used to see felt paper used

on the "sub-wall" prior to installation of lap siding. NOt sure why this isn't done much

anymore, but I would look into it to see iof there are advantages to doing it. One thing that IS very important is to install flashings above all windows and doors prior to lap siding installation. I've seen many houses these days which have none. This means that caulking is relied upon to keep water from running behind them. The flashings are very easy to cut and install and are cheap to buy.

One who enjoys helping with roof problems, for the fun of it.


02:25AM | 03/31/05
Member Since: 03/27/05
95 lifetime posts
Ok, you may have seen this link, posted by Bravey on another post.

It's a link to the manufacturer, thanks Bravey!

One who enjoys helping with roof problems, for the fun of it.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon