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Question DetailsAsked on 6/26/2017

after taking off old siding how long can my house be unsided without damage'

we live in Vermont. it has vinyl on now and want to know if leaving it unsided for a week would be ok. it is summer out

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You are taking your chance on significant, especially blowing rain during that period. A short rain followed by a drying period should not hurt IF there is proper housewrap or tar paper there AND you do not have high enough winds to tear it off, but any prolonged rain or continued high-humidity conditions after rain hitting it could lead to mildew and mold in the walls, because few housewraps are actually waterproof (and generally exterior wraps should NOT be so, to avoid trapping interior house moisture in the walls), so you are taking a chance. And of course if exposed bare walls or insulation, without tarping which can handle pretty good winds you are just rolling the dice on whether it will get wet before the new siding is up.

But that is poor practice and any contractor should schedule immediate start of siding as the old is taken off - preferably working only a wall or less ahead ofthe new siding placement - like maybe one man tearing off old siding and the existing water barrier (if not being left) andputting up new water barrier, while others put up the new siding and trim on another wall. And a finished house that has to be left uncovered like that (say because the siding was received damaged or defective) should be tarped effectively to resist wind and rain damage.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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