What have you used for siding/trim/etc?
I am trying to decide on the healthiest product to use for the exterior. I know it won’t really affect indoor air quality if our house is air tight (which I hope it is), but I just really want to chose the product that is the least risky in terms of health. Hardie Board makes me leary because of the Silica. I know it is really only harmful when being cut and installed, but it just makes me nervous. What if we need to repair it or remove it and reinstall? I don’t really want to worry about silica dust being everywhere with kids. The harm of the silica dust reminds me a lot of the asbestos and I worry that, in 20 years, Hardie board will be similar to asbestos siding. In what I have read, the company doesn’t really sound like they are on the “up and up”. We have been considering LP SmartSide (strand substrate) siding and Boral TruExterior siding. We’d like to avoid cedar (not in the budget) and vinyl. Not sure on the trim/soffit/fascia either. We have thought about the LP smart side products, Azek, MiraTec, and Boral. Anyone have any experience or suggestions? Thank you!!!!