My florida home wood siding needs to be replaced. Lots of rotted wood. Is it possible to have stuuco instead? Or will fiber cement siding be best way to go? Cost is an issue also. Never should have bought wood home in Florida because of rot.
You can go either way. Are you coastal or inland Florida? What is under the siding? Coastal Florida tends to have a lot of "CBS" construction, concrete block stucco due to hurricanes. For a wood frame house they sheath the house in OSB, maybe even some extruded polystyrene insulation, put on a reinforcing mesh and stucco. Around here, mainly due to improper installation, EFS stucco has a bad name.
I like Hardi-plank and Hardi-panel siding. In high wind areas it performs much better than vinyl. It also withstands hail and is fire resistant.
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