Return to the Old House Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

Posted by oldhouse405 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 12, 10 at 17:50

Hi--We're adding on to our early 1900s queen anne/craftsman style farmhouse and need to re-side the entire house. We are looking for something low maintenance, but that offers a traditional clapboard look.
Most of the fiber cement products seem too thin (5/16") for my taste, and are not tapered like wood clapboards. Theres the Hardie Artisan fiber cement siding that is supposed to lend a traditional look, but I havent seen it installed. Its quite thick at 5/8" and am wondering if that is too thick (and heavy?).
I've also looked at a product called Duraprime. It's made of wood, but supposedly resistant to rot/bugs. It's tapered and about 1/2" thick. I cant find much info on it though, and am wondering how durable it is.
Any experience with Hardie Artisan or Duraprime, or other suggestions? I should add that my husband does not want a wood siding. I've seen some discussions here on a similar topic, but still can't decide. Thanks for your help!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

It would be great if there were an attractive, reasonably priced, durable, and historically appropriate alternative to vinyl siding. The Duraprime sounds interesting, but I'd check it out thoroughly before selecting it. What kind of warranty does it have?

When I googled "Duraprime, I found a data sheet that said it was made from paulownia wood. I googled "paulownia siding" and learned that it is made from trees grown in China. Given all the quality control problems China has been having, I'd want to see a proven track record for the product if it is milled there. Also, according to the Wikpedia article on paulownia:

"Testing by CSIRO in Australia has shown that Paulownia wood is very attractive for wood-boring insects."

I'm not sure that I'd want to be an early adopter. If it didn't work out, it would be a costly mistake.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wikipedia article on Paulownia

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

Tecton makes a fiberglass siding. I've seen a sample and it doesn't look to bad but I've never seen a whole install. Tecton is owned by Marvin windows so there is an established company behind the name.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tecton fiberglass siding.

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

Fiber-cement siding will look exactly like clapboards since it is installed the same way.

A good paint job should last at least ten years, possibly longer.

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

I thought traditional clapboards were 3/8" thick - so 5/8" sounds really thick. I put regular Hardi Plank on my house and think it looks good - I did do 5" exposure instead of the standard 4" you get with vinyl siding - kept the cost down and not looking like vinyl was a plus. I'm not sure why it matters that the siding isn't 'tapered'?

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

"I thought traditional clapboards were 3/8" thick..."

I have a bunch from the 1920s on a house that are about 3/4 inch at the bottom edge.

It likely deponds on location.

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

We built a garage 140+ home last year. We used a cement board siding with a 4" reveal. The majority of our home is brick but there are several old additions that have 4" reveal wood siding. Once painted you can't tell the difference.

This is the best close up picture I could find.

RE: Best non-wood siding for traditional look?

Thanks everyone! We went with fiber cement (4") and it looks great.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Old House Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here