We live in SE Michigan in a 19 yr old Tudor with "fake stucco" (EIFS)
on 2nd floor and wood trim around french windows on 1st and 2nd floor.
The 1st floor exterior is brick. The trim held up until last year, when
I started to notice a lot of pieces that seemed as if they started to
deteriorate. Just today, I discovered that the trim around one of the
bedroom windows started to rot (looked just fine until I peeled some
paint away). We are going on a two week vacation tomorrow, so I just
filled all the seams around that window that I could reach with foam
insulator to try prevent leaks. I hope it will take it thru winter.
The stucco boards are in varying shape. They are installed in two rows
separated by trim boards, in a typical "tudor" fashion. The top row
seems to be ok but the bottom row has a lower edge of the boards
exposed, and the boards seem to be deteriorating at the lower edge. The
trim itself is also in a varying shape; the east and south ends of the
building are high off the ground and I can't reach them off a ladder,
but I assume 25 to 30% need to be replaced.
Anyway, it seems I have two options - either repair (replace just the
pieces that are bad), or complete tear off & replacement of the old
siding. I lean towards the latter, since I think I will otherwise end
up paying more in the long run - it seems the original siding and trim
are at the end of their life span.
What types of siding should I look at ? Obviously, I'd like something
that is durable, doesn't require a lot of maintenance, and isn't very
Almost all my neighbors have cedar, that's about as old as my house.
Some of it looks OK and some is cracking and weathered. All require
lots of painting, caulking, etc.
A couple of neighbors have vynil. It looked great when they first
installed it, but a year or two later I can already see some buckling /
warping. I assume it is only going to get worse with time. I looked
around the area and didn't see too many vinyl clad homes that I'd like.
Finally, there's the hardiplank stuff (fiberglass cement, I believe ?)
I read that it requires painting and caulking just like the cedar does,
but stands up better in a long run. Can anybody recommend it ? Also, do
they still use regular wood trim with hardiplank ?
Also, I have some old aluminum windows in the back of the house (we've
replaced the ones upfront with vinyl). My understanding is, if I ever
decide to replace these windows, it would be much harder to do with
vinyl or hardiplank installed; is it true ?
Thanks, and sorry for the long message !