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  • Dope!

  • Why would would designed to age gracefully be a fire hazard?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    I thought someone told me this once. Something like the wood siding on rowhouses is a fire hazard. Maybe it was just old wood that wasn’t/isn’t treated with anything.

  • They just haven’t gotten around to painting it yet. They can’t decide on a color.

  • You can stain wood clapboards instead of painting them, with penetrating oils similar to stuff you can use on floors but tougher for outside weather. I seem to recall that a Capitol Hill house — on G SE? — was done that way for a couple years, but has since been redone in more conventional paint.

    But Richard’s probably right about this house, that they just haven’t done anything yet.

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  • About fire hazards: it’s from the wood itself, not what it’s painted or treated with. As I understand it, DC has banned new all-wood construction of rowhouses, though not of detached houses, for this reason since soon after a large fire around 1900.

    Aluminum siding isn’t as flammable as wood, of course. However, wood clapboards aren’t exactly gasoline, they have insulation value that aluminum completely lacks, and they look a lot better. You pay your money, get your permits, and make your choice.

  • This house is on SC Ave SE next to the police station on Marion Square. It’s not waiting to be painted; it’s been like this for years. All of the siding in the historic district is wood, just most of it is painted.

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