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Best siding material for beach house

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I am looking to have new siding installed on a beach front home in Virginia Beach. The home currently has 25 yr old cedar boards that have been neglected and are warped and cracking. I would like something durable (we get typically get 2-3 storms/yr with greater than 60 mph winds) and low maintenance.

Any suggestions? How about cost (3500 sq ft exterior walls, square two story building on pilings)?

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fiber cement clapboard siding.....

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Ditto what Mike said,

That's what most guys here will tell you.

If it does blow off in a storm, the stuff is sure to kill passers by.

If pergo is a countertop for your floor, Hardiplank and the like are driveways for your walls.

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Guess my answer of: Lapstraked 3/4 inch Mahogany copper clench-nailed or riveted to white oak studs and varnished wouldn't fly... ah well.

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Cedar shingles are pretty traditional for beach houses in New England. Use a small reveal; oil them instead of painting and they wear for ages. If they blow off they can be replaced individually.

And no damage to passers-by or nearby windows.

-Claire

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Beach cabins here are being sided with fiber cement planks, with the bottom section of the structure sided with vinyl. Here, the lower section has to be break away construction, and vinyl is the lightest weight siding that will match the look of the fiber cement planks.

James

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Bill, Cedar shakes are always a good bet, priced competively and a proven comodity. They look good. Cementious siding like Hardieshingles are getting a lot of attention. I've been getting prices for Hardieshingles that are about twice what #1 perfections are.If you've driven around the beach much you know what has happened on some EIFS jobs but the industry is working on their problems.If I could afford a house on the beach I would probably go the shake route because I like their look. Good luck Skip ps I got a relatively reasonable price for some 1/2" Honduran mahogany that I put up in Bay Colony email me for more details.

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What do oiled cedar shakes to do the cost of your fire insurance? Or do they only count as a fire hazard for insurance purposes when they are used on a roof?

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There are several good responses here. Having sold several different siding products in the Virginia Beach market for more than 10 years, there is no other product than Fiber Cement. James Hardie has a complete line of planks, panel, shingles and shinglepanel products that can meet your every need. Please check our website at www.jameshardie.com for further information.

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b WBA At Your Service

Easy on the sales pitch, Jonathan, the locals and the management get a little wild around here about using this forum for pushing products.

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Jonathan, you were doing so well until you said "check our website".

Ah well, crass commercialism at it's worst.

(a local)

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Tim, George, Jonathan

I think Taunton and most people on this board don't mind having a Manufacturer respond to posts about their product as long as it is clear that they work for the manufacturer.

There is a post elsewhere regarding foam insulation, a representative of the company responded, but from the very first made it very clear that she worked for the company that made the product in question. Questions were asked, she responded and it seemed a lot of good information was exchanged.

Jonathan, as mentioned above Taunton and most posters to this board don't want manufacturers to use this board to push their product. However, if you disclose your affiliation and answer specific questions I think that most would appreciate the information.....Full Disclosure is good. In the post above if you had used "their website" instead of "our website", people would not been aware that you are affiliated with James Hardie, and that wouldn't have been fair to the people reading your post.

IMHO

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IMHO,
Thanks much for your advise, as well as your invitation to comment on your website. Our intention is to provide your readers with factual information regarding our products. If we have a tendency to mix our comments with promotional statements its only because we are so passionate about our company and our company's products. We will endevour to keep those comments to a minimum and of course we will always clearly identify that our statements are originating from Hardie.
Thanks again

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Jonathan

IMHO = In my humble opinion

I'm just another faceless poster who enjoy's the site.

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I am looking to have new siding installed on a beach front home in Virginia Beach. The home currently has 25 yr old cedar boards that have been neglected and are warped and cracking. I would like something durable (we get typically get 2-3 storms/yr with greater than 60 mph winds) and low maintenance.

Any suggestions? How about cost (3500 sq ft exterior walls, square two story building on pilings)?