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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2016

Our goal is to remove the vinyl siding, who can do this for us?

our home has wood shakes underneath the vinyl. We want to remove the vinyl and repaint. Who can do this for us at a reasonable cost. We have a 2 story Dutch Colonial

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Probably a Siding company would be most likely to be able to do it with the least damage to the shakes - and of course a Handyman could tear it off also, with no promises on damage.

However - your problem - first, the shakes were likely stripped off at the doors and windows to put in the vinyl siding flashing, so you will have to replace some there (with consequent mismatch in fading). Second, vinyl siding lets some water in under it when it blows while raining and sometimes by wicking, so in all probability the shakes will be locally stained and streaked and possibly moldy, so will likely look pretty uneven and ragged looking. Third, when the vinyl siding was put on a lot of holes were put through the shakes and undoubtedly a number were split with the fasteners - and if an underlayment of tar paper or synthetic housewrap was put under the vinyl (as it should have been) you will have a ton of staples or nails in the shakes too.

So - they are likely to be in pretty bad shape. I certainly would not count on them being properly watertight nor good looking, though granted if painting rather than staining you could cover more sins. I will not go into what I think of painting shakes - especially ones that are likely cedar or redwood so will generally not take paint worth a darn and co0mmonly start peeling and bubbling in a year or less after painting.

Bottom line - this sounds like a nice idea that is highly likely to come back and bite you and end you up with a followup total residing job in very short order.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


For most homeowners I would agree with your answer but our house is the exception to the rule. If you check our photo you would see that under the vinyl siding is perfect shakes that have been protected by several layers of paint. Who ever applied this siding never used any barrier paper so no staples, I know amazing. Back in the day there were contractors that didn't always do the right thing. This house had a history just because of the ownership, enough said.

There is a layer of 1" foam then the vinyl. Like I said we remove a bit already and wanted a company to assist with the remaining.

If anyone is interested in providing a price, great, call me or email me. But this is something that we would like to do as the next step is to paint the exterior.

Answered 3 years ago by Guest_9376094


Like you say - amazing they are in good shape. Your photo did not link or come through, so nothing to see there.

However, I stand by the expectation that you will have a lot of split shakes and probably discolored holes from the fasteners used to mount the foam and the vinyl siding, offering cracks lined up on top of each other in consecutive courses, which is an invitation to leakage. Also once removed all those nail or screw holes in the tarpaper or whatever underlayment is under the shakes will be leakage points - and wood shingles/shakes as house siding do get a fair amount of water under them in driving rain, so you may be disappointed. And of course, depending on how old the water barrier is, you may be counting on a several decades end-of-life water barrier to continue to serve another decade or few - not too realistic an expectation, especially if in frequently rainy or blowing rainy area.

This also assumes the foam was closed-cell - open cell frequently tends to stick to the surfaces it is in contact with, so you may have a fair amount of sanding to do on some shakes.

At least make an effort to fill the holes in the shakes with caulk injected deeply from a small-tipped opening to limit water penetration that way, if you don't take them off and start over. And properly kill any mold or mildew on the shakes before painting.

I won't go into the issue of painting versus staining in any detail - more on that in the Home > Siding and Home > Painting links in Browse Projects at lower left. Painting of shakes or shingles is basically not recommended as it promotes rotting - they are designed to get wet during rains and then dry back out toward the face by vapor pressure and wicking to evaporation at the surface - paint with a water barrier and the water that inevitably gets into them through pinholes orthin spots in the paint and from blow-in and the gaps between them can't get out easily and causes siding and wall rot.

Oh - this is a nationwide Q&A forum - contractors can't afford to browse it looking for the occasional question and request for bids in their specific work area, so you need to take the lead and Search the List under Siding contractors and Painters (or General Contractors to do both) - or Handyman if you prefer and trust one to do it as well as possible, find well rated and reviewed ones, and then contact a few for bids.

Good Luck - I would guess, all other things being normal, that you are talking about $4-7/SF plus or minus a bit for this job.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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