barlyhop Posted April 22, 2010 Report Share Posted April 22, 2010 This siding job looked extremely amateur to me. Hardie Plank Select Cedarmill 7 1/4" lap siding. Many pieces were cut short at window openings and at eaves. 1/16" gaps between butt joints throughout. Existing caulk was opening up all over due to a 1/2" gap at end cuts, etc. I wonder if the installer had a dull sawblade and didn't want to recut short pieces? Does this stuff shrink?? Manufacture does not recommend caulking butt joints. The finish is flaking off at the lower course only on the south side of the house and peculiarly worse behind the gas service? I wonder if the material wasn't primed before painting or the siding was stained as opposed to painting? Hardie recommends 100% latex. The siding was not submerged in water but under snow at times. I now have doubts about using cement fiber siding. Thanks guys! Click to Enlarge 39.88 KB Click to Enlarge 48.69 KB Click to Enlarge 80.02 KB Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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