DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Roofing and Siding > Tear Down Old Composite Siding?

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-12-2008, 01:58 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1
Default Tear Down Old Composite Siding?

Please forgive this question from a novice ...

My home in west-central Florida (build in the mid-80s) has some type of composite wood siding. It is decaying badly and needs to be replaced. The home is currently on the market. If I was staying here, I'd likely replace with a Hardi type siding. Instead, to make the job a bit less expensive, I'm opting for vinyl.

In talking with someone who has sided numerous homes (though not his occupation), he says we can install the new vinyl right over the top of the old decaying siding ... and that where he lives (NC), local codes are OK with it.

Some place are better than others. The image below shows one of the really bad areas.

It may be faster ... but it seems to me it could end up looking uneven. Maybe there are other issues as well? Maybe I'm the worrying over nothing?

Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Last edited by HughesOnTheNet; 07-12-2008 at 03:27 PM.
HughesOnTheNet is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2008, 06:56 PM  
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,990
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Send a message via AIM to glennjanie

Welcome HughesOnTheNet:
Most vinyl siding jobs include the fan-fold foam insulation which makes the rough spots a lot more forgiving. You would get into an awful lot of problems if you try to remove the old siding.

glennjanie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2008, 06:28 PM  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 36

It is best to always strip old siding even more so when siding is in bad shape.It sounds like you have Masonite siding going over it will cerate a mold problem.

Last edited by Square Eye; 09-28-2008 at 11:20 PM.
John7447 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2008, 09:51 AM  
Supporting Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Grand Blanc, MI
Posts: 2,327
Liked 145 Times on 123 Posts
Likes Given: 71


didn't they add asbestos to masonite back in the 60's?
kok328 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2008, 01:01 PM  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 36

Masonite has no asbestos.Mold is the new asbestos.Slap and dab contractors
going the cheap and quick go over are creating more problems.Mold spore counts on air tested in homes will become common,before a home is sold.

Last edited by Square Eye; 09-28-2008 at 11:20 PM.
John7447 is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
What to do with the existing siding? schu777 Roofing and Siding 2 10-03-2008 07:06 AM
Installing vinyl siding to an unlevel garage pbrow1 Roofing and Siding 3 06-09-2008 01:02 PM
siding chilangopolaco Roofing and Siding 3 04-22-2008 03:40 PM
mud splashing on siding mark18 Roofing and Siding 2 02-17-2008 10:13 AM
Fiber Cement Siding - Color in or Paint? austinbirdman Roofing and Siding 2 11-22-2006 08:57 PM

Newest Threads