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Hardboard Siding Reminders

Re-looking at the two major hardboard siding manufacturer’s installation and warranty details, we thought it would be great to review a few details we commonly see forgotten:

  • Fastening must not exceed 16” on centers
  • All lap products require the butt joints to be located on the studs and nailed at those joints
  • Fasten from one end to the other OR from center to ends.
  • A minimum of 4 dry mils, including factory primer, is required. This is best achieved by applying two coats of finished paint.
  • Staples are not an acceptable fastening device.
  • Blind nailing is not acceptable.
  • Siding must be finished within 90 days of installation. If siding must be exposed for a longer period, re-prime the siding with a premium alkyd oil-based primer or a premium acrylic latex primer.
  • Siding must have a minimum 2 inch separation from concrete or be appropriately flashed. Siding must be 6 inches or more from soil or landscaping materials of any type.
  • Where the siding meets the roof, it must be spaced a minimum of 2 inches from the plane of the roof and be properly flashed. Cut edges in these locations, like elsewhere, must be primed and painted.

The failure to do this last one is responsible for the huge majority of damaged/deteriorating sidings we see!

Lumber Grades

There are loads of options in lumber – types of wood, sizes, and grades. While there are many nuances in grades specifically, you don’t have to be a lumber expert to discern quality differences. The best way is to physically see for yourself what you would be getting before finalizing any order.

Quality differences such as general appearance, thickness, how well the boards were milled and knot quantity are very easy to detect. Watch for details such as “red” wood may be just red-stained wood, not natural redwood. Be an informed buyer prior to making a decision on your next project!

Alaska Yellow Cedar

We get requests for Alaskan Yellow Cedar (AYC) for a variety of uses. Previously we had a difficult time sourcing this product reliably. We can now provide 1×4, 1×6 and 1×8 boards in Alaskan Yellow Cedar!

In addition, we’ll be stocking some “8/4” material in random widths and lengths. 8/4 lumber is approximately 1-3/4” to 2” thick material.

KDAT

Remember, only Treater’s Series treated 2x lumber is at Front Range Lumber. Also known as KDAT (Kiln Dried After Treatment), this deck and other exterior use framing lumber is advantageous for two huge reasons:

  • It weighs far less than conventionally treated as it has been dried after the treating process and therefore lost all that water weight.
  • Because it has been dried again after treating, this product by virtue of the manner in which the boards were cut originally and the drying process will be far more stable in use (less cracking, warp, cup and so on).

Pickets

Don’t get sucked into pickets “starting at $0.99” – the key point is “starting at…” Some retailers get you in the door at a low (somewhat unbelievable price) and then upsell you as those cheap in every sense of the word pickets are obviously poor quality. The saying is true: “You get what you pay for”.

Our best advice is to see what you’re getting before making a purchase decision. You’re probably making a long-term investment costing a lot of money – so make sure you’re going to be satisfied with your purchase. We’ve said it before – it does not take a lumber expert to easily see the differences in quality. While we’re talking pickets, few suppliers stock the diversity of pickets Front Range Lumber does.

Very few suppliers carry the breadth of inventory as Front Range Lumber in cedar pickets. All are no hole, 7/8” thick and kiln-dried. No matter what the height of your fence, we have your picket!

  • In 1×4 dog eared – 4’, 5’ 6’ and 8’
  • In 1×4 “flat-top” – 6’ and 8’
  • In 1×6 dog-eared – 4’ 6’ and 8’
  • In 1×6 “flat-top” – 6’ and 8’

Inventory

If there’s something you’d like us to add to our stock, please tell us. We’re always looking to change/add items to our inventory.