Caulking Vertical Cedar Siding
The siding will be a combination of lap wood siding front and colorplus hardie plank the rest.
Caulking vertical cedar siding. Fiber cement boards are caulked only when there is no metal flashing behind them. Below is a link to their installation guide. Generally we do not recommend caulking butt joints on cedar siding.
The siding expands and contracts with temperature and humidity. In my opinion caulking between the seams in any lapped siding either horizontal or vertical is not good practice but not just because of any potential vapor barrier effect. It needs to move and breathe.
I am in agreement with martin not to use caulking as it seems to cause more. Recommendations for caulks are located on page 10. The best caulk for cedar siding has unique properties that keep it looking great and structurally intact for a long time.
Caulking is to be used where the ends of your siding contact vertical openings or trim. All butt joints will be flashed. Also it is versatile so that you can use it for windows sinks and other areas in and around the house.
My question is limited to the seams in which the siding contacts vertical trim. Some manufacturers do not. The western red cedar lumber association publishes a number of downloadable booklets concerning the design installation and finishing of cedar siding.
House was built in 1987 and has celotex sheathing on the outside of the stud walls with the cedar siding over that. I m about to put up siding on a building enclosure that includes a wrb taped xps and furring strips. The house has vertical tongue n groove cedar siding.
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