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Wood siding should end 6-8" above soil. What is the distance, if any, that apply to other types of siding? And what would be applied to the surface below the siding to prevent water/moisture?

If you're using the IRC, wood siding needs to be 6" above soil.

Untreated wood framing, if it's resting on a concrete or masony foundation wall, should be 8" above the exposed ground.

Brick veneer can be placed below grade, but it's supposed to be solidly grouted and, of course have weeps & flashing above grade.

The IRC doesn't specifiy clearances for other types of siding, but the manufacturer's generally do.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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