| > I'd go for quality wood and a good paint job any day, even at 4 times
| > the cost.
| > Koz
| You must enjoy painting one hell of a lot more than I do. I'd go miles
| of my way to avoid having wood that needed painting, especially if one
| where it's moist.
When I was a kid my old man bought a truckload of 1x12 cedar boards.
Sided the whole house with 'em, vertically. Gapped the boards about 1/4"
apart and ripped a bunch of 1x2" or so to cover the gaps. Thirty years
later they are still there and looking fine. Zero maintenance, except for
that woodpecker who had a thing for one particular spot. Under the eaves
was still red, but the rest has been gray forever. Don't have to do a thing
to it. My dad's long gone, but recently my mother had it pressure washed
and stained back to a pretty color. Don't think the stain will last as long
as the wood did the first time around, but it's still very nice. Very wise
decision my old man made, that's for sure.
This house is in north east Texas, where the fierce sun and driving rain
makes a brittle mess of any vinyl, burns up the paint of aluminum siding,
and peels up the best latex paint in a year or so. The only maintenance we
ever had to do to the house after that was to paint the window frames and
whatnot that didn't get covered.
Unfortunately, I don't think a thousand bucks will get you a six ton
truck full of cedar anymore!