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Old October 14th, 2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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For some of you that live in wood house know all too well the familiar sound of Woody Woodpecker boring away at your house. I've lived with this for quite some time. I've had Woody put holes large enough that a squirell figured he'd take up residence in my attic. It took three weeks to that S.O.B. out of my attic. Then there's the 30 holes in the side of my house that I patch every few weeks.
And as woodpeckers are a federally protected species, there's not a whole lot you can do............but is there! I finally got my revenge as you'll see.

I started with the garage this fall to see how this whole project was going to look and to see how much work it really entailed.
I installed what is typically know as barn steel on my house. I had plenty of 'You're doing WHAT' comments but now that I've got the garage completed, I think I like it, alot.
I'm doing it in stages and the front of the house, with new front door and stone veneer facade is next up.

Before picture of the garage. Typical reverse board and batton design. Stain on house required re-staining every 3-5 years depending on which direction it faced. The southern sun side lasted 3 years tops before it faded to brown.
You can see some of the faded stuff behind the wood.

You can also see that we did steel roof a few years back and it was the best investment we made to the house, except of course the latest modification in which I also get to 'retire my paint brushes and sprayer' now. And No, when it rains it doesn't sound like a tin can in the house.



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The blue trim around the windows and the roof belt line were custom bent pieces. I designed them and the steel manufacturer bends them up to your specs. This lent itself to being able to dress the window trim up besides using typical 'J' channel that is used most often.






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Old October 14th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #2
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Seeing that the wood siding was vertical as well, not a drastic visual change like it would be going from traditional siding.

How much did that set you back? I kinda like the look, I have a lot of 'bump outs' on my house that would be easier to do with that type of siding.
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I like it and I deal with those bastards at my house. Now if they continue to peck at it, you can run a charge through it to fry those bastards.
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Seeing that the wood siding was vertical as well, not a drastic visual change like it would be going from traditional siding.

How much did that set you back? I kinda like the look, I have a lot of 'bump outs' on my house that would be easier to do with that type of siding.
I'd have to go total the stuff up but from memory, the garage was right about a grand. But that included the custom trim which isn't cheap as it was probably over a 1/3 the cost alone. This also included the solid and vented soffit around three sides of the garage.
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I'd have to go total the stuff up but from memory, the garage was right about a grand. But that included the custom trim which isn't cheap as it was probably over a 1/3 the cost alone. This also included the solid and vented soffit around three sides of the garage.
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I like it.
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plus the other benefit - not having to paint the house ever again!
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I like it! Gives a clean, modern look.
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I like it too. And while it wouldn't look right on every style of house, I've always wondered why it isn't used more often. I think the stone veneer near the front that you mentioned will really help break up the industrial look of the steel too.

Have you heard a woodpecker try going at the steel yet? One of the barns at my parents house is a mixture of vertical corrugated steel and every once in a while you can hear a woodpecker try drilling into the steel by mistake. It reverberates so loudly that it reminds me of those old Woody Woodpecker cartoons where he his beak gets all bent up after trying to do the same thing.
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Looks nice. Reminds me, I need to get on my ladder tomorrow to start installing the snow jax to stop the big avalanches off the steel roof on my barn.
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I like it too. And while it wouldn't look right on every style of house, I've always wondered why it isn't used more often. I think the stone veneer near the front that you mentioned will really help break up the industrial look of the steel too.

Have you heard a woodpecker try going at the steel yet? One of the barns at my parents house is a mixture of vertical corrugated steel and every once in a while you can hear a woodpecker try drilling into the steel by mistake. It reverberates so loudly that it reminds me of those old Woody Woodpecker cartoons where he his beak gets all bent up after trying to do the same thing.
Not yet, they were more prevalent on the south side where the wood was beat on by the sun and nice and warm. I'll put a picture up here tonight of my patchwork sidiing over there. That will be what I probably do next this fall.


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Looks nice. Reminds me, I need to get on my ladder tomorrow to start installing the snow jax to stop the big avalanches off the steel roof on my barn.
As you can see, no snow jack yet either. I need to do that this year as 3 foot mounds of snow in front of the garage door the last couple years were a PITA! You doing the adhesive or screw down?
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How is your cell service? Our house had a steel roof and aluminum siding, we had to either stand by a window or go outside for service.
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How is your cell service? Our house had a steel roof and aluminum siding, we had to either stand by a window or go outside for service.
I've got verizon so it ALREADY sucks! No towers within 5 miles of my house and nothing planned anytime soon. AT&T is OK though.
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I have the same type siding on my house. I considered doing the metal siding also. My concern is, pine cones, walnuts, sticks and stones being flung at it from the lawn mower and damaging it.
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I have the same type siding on my house. I considered doing the metal siding also. My concern is, pine cones, walnuts, sticks and stones being flung at it from the lawn mower and damaging it.
That stuff is pretty resilient. IF it got dented, you can just replace a panel pretty easily. Certainly much easier than vinyl or alum siding. The lack of maintanance is what I was going for.

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Your thread title is misleading.
I'm fairly certain the woodpecker smoked your ass in points
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Now that you won't get to do any more painting or staining you're probably gonna get pretty bored. Feel free to come to my log house and restain the West and South facing walls for me....they need it BAD. Even better, I have to strip off the old stuff first.
I'm not a big fan of the steel look for a house, but I can certainly see the benefit of doing it. I agree that the stone will break it up nicely.
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