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Thread: Plywood exterior cladding, your thoughts.

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    Plywood exterior cladding, your thoughts.

    Pretending im an architect atm drawing some plans for a new shed i'm going to build.

    I'm liking the the look of Plywood exterior cladding with vertical battens covering joins and inbetween...

    Sort of like this..... But bigger!




    Anyone had experience with it. Just after some general banter weather its any good.. compartive to weather board.?. I don't want an ugly skyline /versatile type thing, obviously I want it to be dry and durable though.

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    I had a whole house done with ply and battens.
    It adds an additional layer of structural strength, and is easy to maintain (a lot simpler to stain ply, than painting weather boards) Unlike weather boards, you can pry off just a damaged section, and replace it yourself, if say you drove something into it.

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    In Invercargill? I wonder how would it hold up to the high moisture levels? See plenty up around central, but drier climate obviously. What about colour steel corrugate cladding? It looks smart done properly.
    I'm drawn to the mountains and the bush, it's where life is clear, where the world makes the most sense.

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    Seen it done on Stewart island cos it was quick and easy, seems to have held up.
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    Good strong cladding, make sure you get the right grade, you can try different size battens (wider, narrower, triangular) for different look. However it is timber you need to look after it.
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    Yeah in Invercargill @JoshC I dont mind the coloursteel look but I've got a 5 Rib style roof on the house so thought it might look a bit wierd...
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    what sort of maintenance are we talking fellas. Just stain or some sort of sealer...

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    The one I saw was just a stain, Put new screws into the battery's every of again, and a re-stain maybe every 5-10 years

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    If you use stained ply, or Cedar or whatever, you will have to keep on top of the protective coating every couple of years as against every 5 yrs plus with good paint job.
    I have lost count of the number of houses built in this way, then stained, that I have sealed and painted to prolong the life and finish.
    Good quality woodstain is bloody expensive too.
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    Once a stained finish breaks down, it is very hard to get it to look good again.
    I would be using either a factory finished product, or good paint job.
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    I like the wood look @Pengy . I didn't know you could get factory finished ply, does it require less maintenance?.. It is going to be a shed after all so i'm not sure if I want a maintenance heavy finish...

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    I don't know if you can get factory finished Ply, in particular, but have seen pre-finished Cedar weather boards.
    A big issue I have noticed with Ply products, is de -lamination. In fact the place I live in now (rented) , is clad with what was meant to be high quality (high priced) Cedar ply. It has been up for 15 yrs in a bush environment, with no protective coating, as the owner wanted to retain the natural look.
    I gave the place a gentle waterblast a while back and noticed several sheets were breaking down quite badly. It would be quite a major to replace these boards.
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    interesting.... will continue to investigate!

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    That's like my shed. But it's more like 6x1 or wider with the batten. Not ply.
    So far so good. It's about seven years old. Iv resisted the want to stain. As others said, I would be forever maintaining it. All iv ever done is Spray some 60 seconds on the green stuff. Doesn't leak or anything. It was built by strongbuilt if you want to Google them.

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    Had a house with ply and batten exterior I use to use Forrest wood oil stain and put an extra 2l of linseed oil in every 10l made it more water repelant for longer

 

 

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