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Tetu 01-28-2006 08:04 PM

Renovating a 1824 house
I bought a 1824 house with water rotted first floor & around four windows. a structural company came in and did a great job of shoring up the floor and is coming next week to frame in new windows. I am getting estimates from from liquid siding company and a contractor who will use the jim.hardie products. any one had experience with either one?

The framing for the roof is the original 2x4 and not today's 2x10s. Does anyone have a recommendation for insulating the inside of the roof which I am going to use as/with a cathedral ceiling?


inspectorD 01-29-2006 08:03 PM

Be careful
My suggestion on the roof area is to check out [url] Any cathedral questions can be answered there. As for the other questions there are variables to answer such as, does your basement or crawlspace have a concrete floor with a vapor barrier.Baths and dryers vented outside. Insulation in the walls? Type? The siding you are talking about can trap moisture.
What was causing the decay in the first place?

Any more elaboration is helpful for all of us.


mmcracken 01-30-2006 04:41 PM

The liquid siding covering is "scary". If there is any crack or gap that water can get into the whole structure can rot from the inside out. Also, what do you do if there is a repair - call them back out for a spot coverage?$$$$
The Hardie product are very versitile and great to work with. I am putting it on our 1895 Victorian addition.

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