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Question DetailsAsked on 6/29/2013

has ayone replaced cedar siding with vinyl siding

Our cedar siding was painted by the previous owner and it has deteriorated. Wondering whether to go back with cedar or replace with vinyl.

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When you say deteriorated, do you mean the paint or the wood? If the paint, it can be stripped back down to bare wood and stained (though you would need a penetrating stain with some body and color to mask pre-existing variatiions from having been painted), or you can remove it and get it remilled, though that is rarer - you have to find a local contractor with a large surface planer. Another alternative that has been done is to re-rip a hair off the edges to remove painted surfaces, then flip the board to the clean back side. If kept well-sealed on the front that will work, but in really wet climates or if you let the front go years without resealing, then water will penetrate but get trapped by the back-side paint, causing wet siding and a number of problems.

If you mean the wood (other than discoloration and getting shaggy) deteriorating, then you have serious problem going on, most likely with water in the walls. You need a professional inspection - solid cedar siding should last 50+ years without more than fuzziness and some limited splitting,, unless in a very high sun exposure, in which checking and cracking will become general.

You can certainly strip off cedar siding and replace with cedar or any other siding - and then you will know for certain what the conditions are underneath. That is good.

I personally would not go with vinyl because of its inherent problems (see the Siding questions and answers most recent questions in the past few weeks for discussions about alternatives for siding materials, and opinions about vinyl). However, if you are looking for relatively low maintenance, cedar is not the way to go - you have to plan on serious treatment, washing, and recoating every 2-3 years in most climates to prevent it from turning black and peeling.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


I had aluminum siding replaced with Vinyl siding. I would not use vinyl again - its very noisy because unlike Aluminum or cedar it hangs on the wall and is not firmly nailed in.

Answered 6 years ago by Matakav

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