We have been shopping around for vinyl siding. We have some rotted wood on our existing wood siding (clapboards). When talking to several contractors, we have been given different advice. One company wants to just cover over the rotted wood. A couple of others want to remove and repair the rotted wood. One company says there is so much rotted wood, that it will be cheaper to remove all of the clapboards and then install the insulation and siding. We then run the risk of additional cost if there is damage underneath the clapboards. What is the best way to go with this?
03:30PM | 10/16/02
Repair the rotted material. I for one do not believe in covering over existing problems. Siding over it doesn't fix it. If the rotted areas are extensive, stripping the wall first may be the way to go. Any repairs needed under the original siding should be exposed and repaired no matter which way proceed because they are likely to be of a structural nature.