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Old 03-09-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

My workshop needs to be resided soon. Is there alternatives to T1-11 that are low cost? I will be doing this myself so labor intensive costs will be free

Its 14x16 if it matters.

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Old 03-09-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

I used the hardi board that looks like T1-11. About the same money but seems to hold up better than T1-11
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:06 AM   #3
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

I thought that T1-11 was the low cost alternative...
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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I thought that T1-11 was the low cost alternative...
Looking for something a bit nicer/longer lasting than T1-11 but still on a budget.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:57 PM   #5
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

As global suggests, take a look at Hardi-board: http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner...l_sierra.shtml

It will definitely last longer than T1-11 and holds paint a lot better too.
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Old 03-09-2009, 01:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

called and got pricing, the hardiboard was $31.34 and the T1-11 27.80...by the time I prime both sides of the T1-11 it's a wash.

I am going to try and get the stucco look board.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:08 AM   #7
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

I wonder WHICH T1-11 you got a price on?
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:25 AM   #8
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5/8" 4x8" sheets
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

I have Hardi-Siding on my garage and love it. Note that this is the plank siding, not the 4x8 sheets. It was a PITA to install, but it looks great. I would definitely do it again. And in your specific situation, I would pay $4 more per sheet without thinking twice. Ever notice how most T1-11 is rotted at the bottom?
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:13 PM   #10
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I have hardit siding, both the T1-11 style with battens over top and the lap siding style. It's good stuff and worth the extra coin. LP alsl makes a treated OSB variant of T1-11 called "smartside". It comes preprimed, which is cool, and last time I looked it was $20/sheet and HomeyD. You see it used for utility sheds alot.
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5/8" 4x8" sheets
I think you'll find T1-11 referrs to style. I do know that there are different materials given that name at vastly different prices. Pine T1-11 is available in 3/8" and 5/8", Fir is available in 5/8" (the product I used for my shop) and maybe others. Pine 5/8" T1-11 cost was ~65% of Fir 5/8" T1-11 etc.. Then there are the other products named above that are T1-11 - thus my question. Thanks.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:38 PM   #12
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It's the one that is the one that supposed to last the longest here in S. Florida...about 5-6 years with good luck. I have been talking to more about it and most will say the only drawback to hardiboard is wieght and if you need to saw it, it takes a special blade and is VERY dusty.

I only have straight shots and a couple angles for the roof.
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Ever notice how most T1-11 is rotted at the bottom?
I just have to walk out to my workshop
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it takes a special blade and is VERY dusty.
When I did mine, they said you could just use a carbide blade. After wearing out two I went for a diamond blade at slightly over the cost of two carbide blades - it is still going strong.

If you're going to do any serious amount of it, spring for the shears made to cut it. No dust.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:54 AM   #15
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

Sorry to dig up an old post, but had some more information the original poster might want:

I used this shear attachment that fits onto any corded drill. Worked perfect and was half the cost of the Makita shears. No dust and clean, fast cuts.

Again, I highly recommend Hardi Siding -- looks great and will outlast you.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:35 PM   #16
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The shear makes it a dream to work with. You will like how it holds up also.
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Default Re: Low cost alternatives to T1-11 for siding?

The siding contractor that installed my hardiplank lap siding (8 1/4") said the diamond blade method is faster then using shears. His sawblade only had a few cutting teeth. For what it's worth, all those guys do is exterior siding and trim. They have installed cement board on hundreds of houses.
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The diamond blade is definitely quicker. But the shears definitely get rid of the dust.
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The siding contractor that installed my hardiplank lap siding (8 1/4") said the diamond blade method is faster then using shears. His sawblade only had a few cutting teeth. For what it's worth, all those guys do is exterior siding and trim. They have installed cement board on hundreds of houses.

Thats fine but his mexicans probably do not care about silicosis. I have done it both for myself and professionally and prefer the shears. with a straight cut we are talking the difference of 2 seconds per cut, if that. The saw throws too much nasty dust into the air.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:26 AM   #20
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Not that it really matters, but no hispanics on that particular crew. They had one guy cutting and two hanging the siding. He is aware of the dust risk and wears a mask if working inside a building.

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