I moved into my house about 1 year ago. Ive since done a few things to it, but mostly stuff that was easy with low consequence of failure. I built a new deck, laid some tile, finished out a room in the basement and such.
Now I have to start on some things that have more potential to go wrong. The siding on my house is painted cedar. Woodpeckers are hitting it up every day in several spots. This leads me to several questions.
#1, does the presence of woodpeckers mean the siding is in terrible shape and should be totally replaced?
#2 If no, can only the affected (and other boards that look questionable) boards be replaced?
#3 I know this kind of work gets to be costly, is there a way to figure out if I would be better served to just go to vinyl siding? I really love the idea of the steel siding Ive seen advertised, but it is much more expensive and no one around here seems to do it. So vinyl seems to be the one option, but so far the quotes to do full vinyl siding are around 25-30k which seems very high (it is a 3 bdr split level, not a huge building).
#4 I elect to try and repair/replace the damaged pieces of siding, any resources I should look into to learn how best to do this would be really appreciated.
#5 Last but not least, is there anything about a siding repair or replacement job that I would ask, if I knew enough to ask it?
Im at work right now, but if this would be helped by posting some pics, let me know and I will take some pictures and add them this evening.