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An often-used siding type for homes in Olympia and Tacoma is T1-11 siding which has been used for quite some time since the 60s. Due to the cost-effective nature as well as the fast and easy installation of the materials, many homes have been built recently with T1-11 siding.
While T1-11 siding has many benefits, over time it can break down if not treated properly. Weathered or checked T1-11 siding can be reconditioned using a number of different methods. In this blog post, we’ll go over your options when it comes to reconditioning in detail so you can decide which is best for your home.
What is T1-11 Siding?
T1-11 siding is a type of wood siding that is made from either plywood or OSB (oriented strand board). It has a textured surface that resembles planks of wood, and it is often used on sheds, garages, and other types of outbuildings as well as homes.
This T1-11 siding has made its way to Washington neighborhoods because it offers many features, including durability, ease of maintenance, and affordability. With a natural wood-grained look, architectural designs on home exteriors have been a staple in our communities. T1-11 is a versatile siding option because it can be stained or painted, as well as installed in unique ways, such as on the diagonal, giving the home or building owner lots of choices.
What are the Benefits of Reconditioning T1-11 Siding?
Reconditioning your T1-11 siding can extend its life by many years. It will also improve its appearance and make your home or outbuilding look newer and more well-maintained. This type of maintenance has been shown to increase home value and curb appeal. Regular maintenance such as power washing and applying a fresh coat of paint or stain will also help to protect your siding from further damage.
Pros and Cons of Different Reconditioning Methods
There are a few different methods that can be used to recondition T1-11 siding. Each method has its own set of pros and cons that you should consider before deciding which is best for your home.
- Sanding down the weathered and checked areas, then applying a fresh coat of paint or stain is a popular reconditioning method. This removes any old paint and weathered parts of your siding leaving behind a strong surface that is ready to protect your home.
- This method will make your siding look new again. However, it is a bit of a messy and time-consuming process. It can only be done a few times before your surfaces become too thin to give your home adequate protection.
- Pressure washing your siding is another popular reconditioning method. Pressure washing will remove dirt, grime, and any loose paint or stain. It is a quick and easy way to clean your siding.
- It is important, however, to be careful when power washing, as it is possible to damage the siding unintentionally. It is imperative to follow the guidelines prescribed by your pressure washer and use the proper fittings for your surfaces.
- Sealing the siding with a clear sealant is a good way to protect it from further weathering and damage. This method will make your siding last longer with minimal effort.
- The downside with this method is that sealing does not necessarily give your buildings the new rejuvenated look you may be seeking. Without a fresh coat of paint, your sealant may simply be a barrier of protection.
- Replacing T1-11 siding with a more durable option may be the best choice for your home. If there is extensive water damage or you are ready to make an update to your home’s exterior this may be the best choice of action.
- With a replacement like fiber cement or completely new siding material, your home can be refreshed and ready for years of enjoyment.
Regardless of which reconditioning method you choose, it is important to make these improvements with care. With the right tools and effort, you can extend the life of your T1-11 siding and make it look refreshed, and help your home stay protected against the elements for years to come. If you aren’t sure which method is best for you, we recommend you consult with a professional who can advise you on these types of updates.
Your home’s exterior surfaces do a lot of work when it comes to home protection. Keeping your surfaces in their best shape goes well beyond curb appeal and keeping your home looking beautiful. At Flying Colors Painting, we understand that keeping these surfaces in optimal condition adds protection to you, your family, your home, and ultimately your investment.
While treatments like exterior paint protect your home from decay, they can also increase the value of your home when done well. For more information on how to update your home’s siding or other home improvement needs, contact us!