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Question DetailsAsked on 3/29/2017

Replace warped exterior panels with Hardibacker

Flood irrigation has warped and rotted the exterior panels on my house. What options do I have for exterior replacement? The interior drywall is ok.

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After checking for wall rot and damaged insulation, you have tons of choices - google this search phrase for articles describing the diffearent options - types of siding. (Be sure to check on any homeowners or condo association restrictions, if applicable).


You can go with similar panels to what you ahve now (basically a repair rether than totally residing), or go to a different panel system like metal or concrete or wood board, grooved wood panel like T1-11, lap siding of concrete aluminum steel vinyl or wood, shingles or shakes, depending on area maybe stucco (if flooding issue has been solved), etc. Just please do not use EIFS (external insulation used as the finished surface).


And of course the appropriate insulation and water barrier/vapor barrier for your area.


But NOT hardibacker - that is for indoor use only, won't survive outside. Fiber cement exterior products like HardiBoard and HardiPlank, yes.


You say "flood irrigation" caused the problem - if you meant a flood irrigation system watering your garden or lawn, you should first correct the drainage so it is directed away from the house, and get the ground level lowered (and sloped away from the house) to give minimum 4 inch clearance from gorund to top of foundation or bottom of siding (whichever is lower, usually the siding) - more like 12-18 preferred in termite country if possible.

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