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Occasionally we come across a home that was originally constructed with composite wood siding, and it has been partially replaced with fiber-cement siding (often called by the trade-name “Hardi-Plank”) only at the areas of failure--usually the lower boards on the walls. Because both products have a similar embossed wood-grain pattern, it can take a little time for us to sort out where the original material still remains in place.

    The newer generation of composite wood siding—which has been rechristened as “engineered wood”—does not appear to have the same problems as the earlier manufactured product. To read more about it, go to our blog post “What is engineered wood siding?”


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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