Handling Siding Materials Potsdam NY

Like all siding materials, fiber cement has a learning curve. With a few simple steps, however, you can achieve excellent results on a consistent basis. Here are the biggest mistakes to avoid.

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Leberge & Curtis Inc
(315)386-5296
North Russell Road
Canton, NY
Rex Hardware
(315)375-0256
125 E Main St
Canton, NY
Woodchop Shop
(315)769-2360
9398 State Highway 56
Norfolk, NY
Randall Frank & Son
(315)265-4439
Russell Turnpike
Potsdam, NY
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(516) 609-0339

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Aubuchon Hardware
(315)379-0240
21 Miner Street
Canton, NY
Leberge & Curtis Inc.
(315)386-8568
5984 County Route 27
Canton, NY
Woodchop Shop
(315)386-8120
352 Cowan Rd
Canton, NY
Potsdam Agway Cooperative Inc
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14 Pine Street
Potsdam, NY
Scenic Creations Inc
(631) 395-2273
59 Broadway
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Source: REPLACEMENT CONTRACTOR Magazine
Publication date: September 1, 2005

By Carl Sperry

Like all siding materials, fiber cement has a learning curve. With a few simple steps, however, you can achieve excellent results on a consistent basis. Here are the biggest mistakes to avoid:

Improper fastening. By far the most common error. Most manufacturers recommend setting your nails flush with the surface of the piece and snug to the wall. “I've seen brand new, blind-nailed sided houses where you could pull the siding off with two fingers,” says Mark Parlee, owner of Parlee Builders, in Des Moines, Iowa. Eliminate this by using the proper nail gun; that is, one with a depth-of-drive adjustment. Turning down the compression will also help, but it may not be enough. Another option is to hand-nail or screw the pieces on. Both will increase labor burden but help you avoid this mistake.

Fitting pieces too tightly to trim or to each other. This may seem like a good idea, but it often results in the piece(s) bowing during expansion, causing unsightly waves. It's especially noticeable on long straight walls. Avoid it by leaving a 1/16- to 1/8-inch gap where the siding butts the trim and apply high-quality sealant to the gap. This will allow the siding to expand and contract without bowing.

Not nailing on the studs. A huge no-no. Fiber-cement siding is heavy (2.2 pounds per foot). Not hitting the studs is a recipe for disaster in high-wind areas.

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