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knowolive2000 08-28-2012 08:05 PM

1/2 inch thick exterior panel ideas
Hi all,

I'm residing a cabin that has 1/2" (actual) thickness, 4' X 8' wood panel exterior. I was going to replace it with painted 19/32 LP SmartSide panels but no one carries it within 300 miles of St. Louis. All the trim, windows and doors are set for 1/2" exterior siding. Fiber cement panels are too thin. Anyone have ideas for 1/2" panels that will require infrequent painting? I want to avoid shimming all the studs with .3125 SmartSide panels.


kok328 08-29-2012 07:26 PM

Might be looking having to apply a layer of 1/4" ply before installing the smartside panels.

joecaption 08-30-2012 02:08 PM

Post a picture. I'm not getting where the problum is. We need to see what type trim you have around the windows.
Why are you doing this, is the old T-111 rotted?
Are you thinking about using the Smart Side 4 X 8 panels or the lap siding?

nealtw 08-30-2012 05:17 PM

Your old plywood is adding structure to the building. Replace bad peices wrap the house and put on siding of your choice. Add 3/4" by what ever to the door and window frames to make the trim work.

joecaption 08-31-2012 11:11 AM

That way there would be less chance of future rot and no more painting the trim.
You would to choices, build out with vinyl lumber or hire someone with a break to bend the metal.
Comes out about the same price.

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