On 6 Dec 2005 12:21:24 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Its funny this came up in this thread, because I was thinking about a
friends house. He had cedar shakes over redwood horiz boards, and I
always loved the look of that house. It was very decorative and
reminded me of a summer cottage where someone would go to fish and get
away from the world. Except it was in a small city. However, his
family outgrew that small house and because of building codes, he
could not add on as he wanted. He sold the place. The next owner
covered it with plastic siding. Both of us about vomited ! It went
from being a cute house to a boring plastic box with no eye appeal,
and now looked like every other house. Worse yet, the guy tore off
the front porch, which was all glass windows, and made the house even
smaller. We both agreed it looked like shit when he finished. Whats
funny, my friend sold the place in a couple weeks. This new guy
apparenlly bought it to sell at a profit, and over a year later it's
still for sale and empty.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the condition of the
existing siding, cost to repaint, cost to side, and your view of the
look of siding versus paint.
That being said, I paint and hang wallcovering for a living. I also
prefer the look of wood siding over aluminum or vinyl. That may well
be a subjective judgment.
The cost to do an exterior job can be a bear if the exterior needs a
lot of prep. But, to do the job right means to do the prep work as the
job will only be as good as the prep.
I've told many customers over the years to go with siding rather than
paint if I believed that there were issues with the siding that would
be cost prohibitive or impossible to remediate with paint. I'd rather
lose one exterior job than my reputation because a paint job failed
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