September 17, 2009
Tom, Norm, and I remove vinyl siding from the front of the house
One of the first and, perhaps, riskiest things we've tackled as part of our renovation is removing our vinyl siding. Something we did against the advice of many naysayers who warned, "You never know what you'll find underneath that!"; or, "People put that stuff up for a reason." Still, I was convinced that removing the siding would improve the appearance of the house. And Bill felt that if there were, in fact, some problems—such as rot—under the siding, it would be better to expose them and address them. Still, we knew we were rolling the dice in terms of our budget. I'd say that, in the end, we got off easy. There were some necessary repairs to the clapboards underneath (including a dormer that had to be completely re-sided), but no huge surprises. "Nice claps," a neighbor remarked when the vinyl first came off.
The addition, of course, required brand new siding -- slow, precise work -- and it really looks wonderful. From the outside, the back of the house now looks nearly complete. Norm and Kevin just finished adding the last of the siding and installed the back door, and Tom let me help him make a decorative bracket out of PVC to adorn the entryway (I must say, those power tools were a lot of fun to use!). We still need to make a final decision on paint color, but other than that, we are "inside the envelope," as Tom put it. Next, we'll be insulating against the chill in the air that isn't far off here in New England.
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On an old house? That's just crazy. Wood is your friend. Why must people keep destroying the planet with this crap.
Actually, on a house is one of the few places that my conscience will allow the use of plastic. At least it's doing something "constructive" and will be for a long, long time rather than ending up in the landfill along side all the plastic grocery bags and plastic water bottles! How many water bottles did YOU contribute to our waste stream today?
I have a 1914 American Foursquare and it was covered in stupid aluminum siding that covered all the character of the original wood siding (plus it was twice the width of the wood clapboard siding). I put it off as long as I could (since I've been trying to focus on interior projects) but could not longer take it anymore and started ripping it off this summer. I heard the same things you did about being crazy and all the work I'm gonna have to go through for the upkeep on wood siding, blah blah blah. I removed it all from the front, and half the back, still have both sides. My paint was in bad shape, deeply cracked and peeling, so I am stripping down to bare wood and priming right now. Even w/ peeling, cracking paint, it looks a million times better than the aluminum siding did. I can't wait to see how it will look w/ an authentic historic paint scheme.
But, don't forget, when you do get back to that old siding (with it's cracked paint) that there's likely to be a lot of lead (yes, highly toxic lead) there. And if you aren't careful, you'll shorten your life, pollute the ground around your house and spend a huge amount of work doing it. Use care and read up on how to do it safely.
I have had vinl siding on my house for 25 years and it still looks great . I built my house new in the 1980's . I don't plan to spend the rest of my life painting . The older you get the less you want to paint a whole house . Remember it is just a house .
Pierces - I do firmly agee that taking off the vinyl siding and repairing and painting the original wood will look great. My husband and I own a house built in 1904 and we have repaired, scraped and painted it 3 times in the last twenty years. I hope we can keep it going....but it does get harder each time! We are now working on some inside projects - just found a bunch of termite damage yesterday. It truly is a labor of love but just hope we can maintain it in the future. Best of luck and we continue to follow your progress from St. Mary's County, Maryland.
As a installer of house siding and vinyl siding, one of my many concerns are the unforeseen.
I always advice my potential clients on the benefits of stripping the existing siding off to completely inspect the homes sheathing, before any vinyl home siding goes on.
It's good to replace it with vinyl siding. In New York, houses with vinyl sidings are protected with weatherproofing.
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Sidings, sidings. Your sidings can serve as the main attraction of a house. And there is proof of that. Just look at your house after the installation of the sidings! It became livelier and more inviting, and the color gives life to your house!