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Question DetailsAsked on 4/25/2015

can vinyl siding be removed to expose wood shingles and can the wood shingles be repaired and painted

I installed large windows on the front of the house. During the project the vinyl siding was removed. The house has cedar shaker shingles but the color was aweful ( crappy brown) and the condition of the paint on the shingles made the house look very very shabby at best. I never liked vinyl and want to go back to the original shingles. The carpenter said it would be to much work to cover up the wood shingle nail holes caused by the vinyl siding. Can It be done for a reasonable cost. My home is about 1500 sq ft and ranch

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Not only is it a lot of work to fill the nail holes from the vinyl siding, but you still have to deal with the brown color (and satisfactory removal is not only pretty much out of the question, but likely quite a bit more costly than new shingles), and the nail holes will likely cause cracking of the shingles long before they wear out. I would suspect you already have quitae a few cracked shingles from the nails.


Also, if old shingles it is quite likely you do not have proper water barrier under the shingles or it is old tarpaper which has likely pretty much deteriorated, so staying with the old shingles is likely to result in a less than desireable result from both water -shedding and aesthetic standpoints.


I would say go back to another siding over the shingles (I can't believe I just said that, must be getting senile - I HATE putting siding over existing siding, rather than tearing off and rebuilding it right from the studs out), or remove and put on new shingles - with correct ventilation and water barrier underneath of course, and insulation board under it if appropriate.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD




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