On Jan 20, 7:32 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
100% sure its cedar shingles! When the house was built about 40 years
ago, bi-laws or covenants restricted the siding material used on
houses. A percentage (I can't remember the exact amount) of the front
exterior had to be built with brick from a specific brick manufacturer
(Shaw concrete I believe) and cedar shingles over the rest. The brick
covenant still exists, but since then the siding type has been
On Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:40:03 +0000 (UTC), email@example.com (Dick Adams)
I didn't even look at the other pics till you mentioned this. I recall
looking at those others a year or two ago. That's some historic house
he had posted. Myself, I think that old house is gorgeous, or was....
If it was nearby, I'd love to restore it, but the foundation problems
look serious. Yet I think I could restore it.
The house does look really nice and it would be a shame to put
traditional vinyl or aluminum on it.
I had my house covered with Nailite Vinyl shake.
In my opinion it looks better than any wood siding.
It is expensive but you never paint it.
Mine looks new and it was installed in 1989.
Around 20-25K. You'd be dealing with a much smaller
area and 2012 dollars.
Still, really nice house the way it is.
*That house has some character. It would be a shame to clad it in a sterile
wrap. I would get prices for a good paint job that includes a lot of prep
work in order to get a long lasting finish.
I agree with those saying to continue with paint. The
siding looks great, the paint is still in good shape. A
good paint job done right can last 10 years. And you
don't have all that much to paint, not a lot of trim, etc.
IMO real wood looks far better than siding. Siding
is less expensive and doesn't require painting, but
just doesn't look like wood.
Let's look at the actual cost over 10 or 20 years and see what makes
It is so easy to sit at the computer and tell others what is best, but
getting out there sometimes changes the final decision.
aluminum siding must be going up in price, and around here people
steal it to sell to the scrap metal yards.
side with vinyl siding and while your at it add a nice layer of foam
insulation. and cut your utility bills.
In pittsburgh vinyl siding lats near forever.
Most notably a brick home near where I grew up got sided with vinyl
when I was a kid.
I am 54 so the siding is over 40 years old and still looks good today,
although it needs a bath.
The homeowner of the time felt bad covering the brick but it was soft
brick and detoriating badly.
hhe reported cutting his gas bill by half at the time, and cut his
property tax bill too.
On Jan 21, 1:03 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm all for saving on maintenance, headaches, but given the
tradeoff in look between real wood and vinyl siding
I would be perfectly fine with having it painted about
every 10 years. Being a rental property, the work is also
tax deductible. Around here you'd be lowering the
value of the property by putting up vinyl or aluminum.
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