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Question DetailsAsked on 9/20/2013

When installing vinyl siding on house as a replacement siding, is old hard board siding removed?

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It is a very good idea to do so, partly because it is a mushy disaster if it gets wet, but also because it tends to act as a partial vapor barrier, so what was an exterior surface now becomes a mid-wall barrier that can cause moisture problems, particularly by trapping any water that gets into the wall, by preventing proper evaporation through the housewrap which should be placed under the new siding. Usually, it is a moot question because it is almost always wet and moldy in numerous spots - one of those siding ideas where the genius who came up with the idea of using it as an exterior surface should just be thrown into a cesspool as just punishment for his stupidity. Of course, light-weight aluminum and vinyl siding fall in the same category, but we won't go there since you seem to feel vinyl siding is a good idea - I hope you don't regret it like a large percentage of people who get it do.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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