I have a 63 year-old extended cape on which I'd like to put vinyl siding.
Two contractors never mentioned tearing off the existing cedar, but a third
strongly suggested removing it. Is it generally worth it to remove the wood
Depending on the framing style a house that age usually relies on the siding as
part of the structure. Not knowing how your house is frame or if, in fact, the
siding is structural, I'd vote against removal on the grounds it's just one
The reason they want to remove the wood siding is that it makes the vinyl look
better. The old siding may be cupping or curling and that would show on the new
vinyl. Without seeing any pics that would be my thoughts.
We have a 1927 which has vinyl over the old cedar shingles. We have
had a number of problems with the vinyl buckling and generally not
looking very "finished." As well, the fact that the siding (while
likely not installed properly) has caused some water damage as the
vinyl is now so far out from the original wall that water leaks in
behind the siding at the window sills. I would first recommend keeping
the cedar, or replacing, second, buying hardy plank or an alternative,
or if you are dead set on vinyl, pay the extra $ and have the cedar
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