My house was built in 1892. It has 3 layers of siding, the outermost is 8"
exposure aluminum. The next layer is Asbestos shingle over a layer of tar
paper. The original siding is 4" exposure cedar lap siding with a layer of
thick paper then the diagonal plank sheathing. The cedar looks like it is
in good condition so I was wondering if I could just strip the outer 2
layers of siding and refinish the cedar, stripping and sanding the old paint
off then priming and painting the cedar. Would this original siding be
sufficiently weather tight? The plaster is also pretty far gone in most of
the rooms so I will also be doing fiber glass insulation in the walls. I'm
well aware of the lead paint and asbestos ramifications...
I suspect that you will find areas of the original siding that are not
in good condition. Of course they can be repaired. Most people don't cover
good siding up.
If in good shape, I would restore it if it were my home.
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