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Low-maintenance siding for Vermont

J M | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

I am considering changing the majority of the siding (3000-4000 of 5000 sq ft) from weather atlantic cedar rainscreen design to a low maintenance pre-finished siding to save money on a project. Anyone have experience with these and/or recommend other options?

Certainteed Icon prefinished 30 year 16′ –
Boral Truexterior prefinished 15 year 16′ –
Everlast 12′ – prefinished lifetime –
Diamond Kote Siding 16′ (LP Smartside w/15/30 year paint) –

Does anyone know if there’s any other companies making fiberglass siding similar to Apex, it’s discontinued?

Thanks!

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  1. User avatar GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    J.M.,
    Enduro Composites sells , but this type of siding is mostly used for commercial buildings. It may not be the look you are seeking.

  2. User avatar GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #2

    J.M.,
    By the way, what do you mean by "weather atlantic cedar rainscreen design"?

    Are some of those words part of a brand name?

    The Atlantic cedar is a species native to Morocco (Cedrus atlantica) -- I doubt that's what you are talking about.

  3. J M | | #3

    Weathered Atlantic White Cedar, typo. It's native to North America:

    "Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar, Atlantic white cypress, southern white cedar, whitecedar, or false-cypress), a species of Cupressaceae, is native to the Atlantic coast of North America and is found from southern Maine to Georgia and along the Gulf of Mexico coast from Florida to Mississippi."

    A fiberglass siding appropriate for residential use similar to the discontinued Apex/Ultrex/Marvin siding I specified - they still have a website:

  4. klfoster | | #4

    What did you go with?

  5. J M | | #5

    Project was cancelled as architect's estimate was off by more than 80% and our timeline had been delayed too long to meet our deadlines. We bought an existing 15 year old home with Hardieplank (improperly installed as it lacked clearances and was caulked in areas that shouldn't be caulked). We will repair the problematic spots with Boral.

    I think I would use Boral for trim and either Icon or Everlast for the siding once I replace the Hardieplank siding in maybe 10-15 years. I would avoid Hardieplank at all costs if you can.

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