Friends of ours contacted us requesting we inspect their siding. Their home had an older, smart panel (oriented-strand board with one finished side), siding product for approximately 30 years. After inspecting the siding, we could see where it had failed around the meter main, due to lack of flashing and there were issues elsewhere: under certain trim boards, and at their deck ledger board. Having already paid for some repairs last year we recommended not throwing good money after bad. They love the look of their house, so with a focus on longevity they decided to replace the smart panel product with with Hardipanel.
To start this renovation, we tore everything off the lower levels, fixing dry rot and wrapping the house from the ground up, which included calling the utility company to disconnect power, pulling the meter main off the house and putting it all back together. The front flowerbed as dug up where dirt had piled up against the siding and we installed house wrap and aluminum (never rust) flashing. We replaced a door jam, replaced the exterior lighting and then began installing the 50 lb panels.
The project took longer than expected due to complications matching the new material with the previously installed material, but you can see results in the images below. The best part? Our old friends are still our friends!