02:59PM | 04/11/03
Member Since: 04/10/03
16 lifetime posts
We have an 80 yr old wood lap sided house. The previous owners painted the summer before we moved in (1 1/2 yrs ago, did it themselves). Now 6 months after we move in, the paint is peeling off in sheets along the bottom. I figured out the problem is the siding is water damaged and rotting along the bottom of the house (something the inspector missed!!!!) and most definitely needs to be replaced. The thing is, the siding begins only 3-4 inches off the ground so I can understand why it is rotten. Is there a way to raise the level where we start the siding and put some other material below it such as brick facing? Will that prevent reoccurance of rot? Are there any considerations that I need to be aware of? My house is balloon framed, 1 1/2 story. Another thing that I am worried about is whether the rot has spread to the framing. How many instances of rotted siding have you seen where the framing was damaged also? I am on a tight budget and do not have the money if something huge like that were unexpectedly found.


10:32AM | 04/13/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
There is a fifty/fifty chance that the framing has some rot too. Any house that close to the ground should have been checked closely. I never want to build less than eight inches from the ground due to that possibility.

You could change styles a little by replaceing the lower eight or twelve inches with a band and water-table. Use Fibre-cement lap siding for it or Georgia Pacific Primetrim product.
Another more expensive man made board is Azec pvc trim


11:44AM | 04/13/03
Member Since: 04/10/03
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Thanks,I have another question though. Since it is a balloon framed house, the framing is of continuous studs from foundation to attic. If there is any rot in the framing, how is that to be replaced? I assume that you can't just cut the rotted piece off and replace as it would jeopardize the structural integrity of the framing. Am I correct in assuming this?
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