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cableman

05:16PM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 12/25/04
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i have a ranch house that in want to re-side and put all new windows in. The way the exterior is now its like 3/8 of an inch plywood with 5/8th an inch blue styrofoam then vinyl siding. the thing that bothers me is they set back the studs so the blue styrofoam is even with the 2x4's . I like better my last place was 1/2 osb with tyvek and it stuck out the 1/2 inch. i dont like the way the siding nails thru that styrofoam and i want to put in new construction windows and would rather they be nailed to plywood instead of styrofoam. question is how could i make up this space if i ripped off the foam and get it to end up a 1/2 inch overhang? could i plywood right over the foam

(just curious i doubt i would do that one)? or should i just tyvek over what i have and reside it ? The good news its a ranch so it would be easy to replywood or something .

homebild

08:10PM | 07/12/05
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
You cannot add properly fasetn plywood over foam so that is out of the question.

You cannot use foam and tyvek, so that idea, too should be forgotten.

Actually the best insulation technique is precisley what you have: rigid foam over sheathing.

My suggestion is to keep what you have and installed the new construction windows over the styofoam, which is the correct way to install them so you have no problem later with the window projection being recessed under the siding.

And installing the windows over the foam makes your required window flashing better.
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