08:53AM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 07/20/03
18 lifetime posts
When we bought our house the inspector told us that we'd have to replace some siding that was going bad around the chimney. Since then we decided to just go ahead and replace all of the siding w/ vinyl. We also have some areas around our front door that are rotting. You can put your nose up against the trim around the door and smell it - it's has that bad, wet rotting wood smell.

Do we have to replace the old, wood siding that's going bad before we put vinyl over it? Or can we just put vinyl siding over it and it will dry out?

Yes, I'm totally blonde when it comes to this kind of stuff and my husband (God love 'em!) is no better!

Thanks in advance!



01:16PM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
Any siding that has active rot must be removed. Not only that, but you should do some detective work to find out why moisture is getting into the siding. Your problem may be related to gutters or window flashings above the affected siding. If you leave the rot in place it will spread, and could eventually affect structural members, or attract wood-eating pests.

Vinyl siding does not keep water from getting behind. You should attach the new siding on furring strips with an infiltration / moisture barrier and air-space between the wood and new vinyl siding. Personally, I would repair the wood siding and deal with the painting. Its less expensive, and not too much work if done right the first time.


06:11PM | 06/13/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I agree with TOMH on this.


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