We decided to use HardiePlank Lap Siding, which we've used before on our old house. We ended up going with an 8 inch plank, to give more of a coastal/bungalow look. Most homes are sided with 6 inch planks, unless they're homes from the turn of the century, in which case you'll see very narrow or very wide planking.
Once we decided what material we wanted to use for siding, we had to pick a wrap. There's lots of information out there about Tyvek wrap versus tar paper. After a discussion with our builder/sider and some research into what wrap material to use with HardiePlank, we ended up using tar paper. I'm no expert on the differences between Tyvek and tar paper, but I did read a lot of interesting stuff on Tyvek retaining moisture, with subsequent mold issues. Obviously Seattle has quite a bit of moisture, so based on our builder's recommendation, we wrapped with tar paper. Tar paper also happens to be about $500 cheaper than Tyvek.
|HardiePlank 8 inch Lap Siding|
|So glad we went with the 8 inch plank! Don't be fooled by the creamy yellow siding and trim. Eventually the house will be painted with Benjamin Moore HC-165 Boothbay Gray and a crisp white on the trim (exact color TBD).|