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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2015

When replacing wood siding with hardiplank siding, do you keep the wood siding on the house?

A contractor has advised that he would simply install the hardie plank siding over the existing rotting wood siding. Is this the correct way to do this instead of removing the wood siding?

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If your contractor is proposing covering over rotten material, hopefully he is not under contract - I would run away from him and get other bids, assuming you mean rotted or mildewy rather than just water stained and slightly (not significantly) split, raised or distressed by water contact. Rotted wood should absolutely come off - because there is commonly moisture in the walls at some time of the year, so the rot will spread into the wall studs, plus the rotted wood attracts carpenter ants and termites and such. Deteriorataed wood also retains moisture better and longer, promoting further rot.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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