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Red Oak for Barn Siding

olcus  Member

I will be using White Oak and Post Oak for the poles and Red Oak for the Batt and Board siding on my pole barn. There will be a minimum of 24" or more of overhang. No Red Oak will contact the ground. How long will my Red Oak weather here in southwest Missouri Ozarks? (or am I about to make a mistake?) It is very humid here.

6/27/15       #3: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...

I put some red oak boxing on the side of my barn in 1983,still doing fine.

6/28/15       #4: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...
Gene Wengert-Wood Doc

Termites can come at any time.

Decay requires wet wood. It sounds like your construction will encourage dry wood. Keep plantings away from the walls, especially northern exposures, so that the walls dry quickly after a rain. I expect that moisture can become trapped under the baton, however, and this would be a risk. It is indeed a lower risk, but is real.

6/28/15       #5: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...

Red oak should do real good as there are barns around here real old with basswood board and batten, if kept off the ground they did fine

7/1/15       #6: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...
Dave Boyt  Member

Website: http://www.norwoodsawmills.com

Will the oak posts be in ground contact? If possible you might want to put them on concrete (or hedge, since you're in the Ozarks) piers. Post oak is awful about twisting and cracking, so use the straightest grain logs you can find.

I live about 8 miles southeast of Neosho, MO. Drop me a line if you're in the neighborhood.

7/26/15       #7: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...
olcus  Member

Thank you fellas, guess I'm not too far off then. 10-4 on the plantings Doc., I ain't plantin' nothin' near it then. Hey Dave, definitely in concrete hoss. (didn't know you were my neighbor... cool)

Also; I have a neighbor who is givin' me all the cedars I care to cut off his 175 acre goat farm; said cedar would be better for the poles than my white and post oak (6"x6"). 40'x60' pole barns w/ steel trusses and roofing (old commercial chicken houses). I asked about structural integrity and he said he would show me a cedar barn near here built 40 years ago still in good shape. Just concerned about the wind here in 'Tornado Alley'. So how would the cedar stack up against the red oak for board and batt? (probably have to go horizontal and lapp w/ the narrower cedar) Thanks again all of you.

7/26/15       #8: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...
Dave Boyt  Member

Website: http://www.norwoodsawmills.com

Cedar would work well-- very durable, but hard to get large logs, and doesn't have near the nail-holding ability that oak has. Cedar siding would last a long time. We've had black oak board & batt on our house for 35 years, and it is holding up great.

7/30/15       #9: Red Oak for Barn Siding ...
olcus  Member

Very glad to hear you say that Dave. He has more than a few huge-mongus cedars that will serve well as poles. I only need 28 8 - 18 footers. Be attatchin' steel truss leg to the poles with bolts; and then maybe screws instead of nails??? for the siding?

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