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Question DetailsAsked on 10/11/2016

home was built in 1950 need some repairs to siding what would be the cheapest way to paint or new siding

house have siding on it since 1950. there is some boards need to be replaced, need corking, and some need to be secure old house remodeling it inside out

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Depends of course on the amount of repair needed - your best bet would be to decide what type of replacement siding you would want if you reside, then get bids from siding contractors for both repair and for total residing. Typically about a 2-3 fold cost difference in price between minor repairs and replacements and repainting versus total replacemetn with new - but depending on whether your siding has special shape or detailing, might have trouble finding matching materials - especially if not wood siding.

Also - if some siding needs replacement - what is the chance there is water damage underneath which will require further siding removal to repair - in which case you might be well on the way to the cost of a total residing job anyway.

For 66 year old siding and because you are remodeling inside and out, especially if doing new windows too (with resulting siding interface issues) unless heart redwood or heart red cedar or similar extremely rot-resistant wood siding (or metal in good shape), it is likely that replacement of all the siding is called for anyway - unless it has been well cared for and kept well painted.

If doing new windows as part of this remodel, if siding replacement is in the picture in the next 20 years or so generally doing it now in conjunction with the new window installation will generally give you a better appearance and water tightness - because the flashing interface and the depth setting of the windows is easiest to get right and works best when redoing both at the same time. This is especially true if the future siding might be thicker than existing, so if new windows are put in against the existing siding (assuming the window trim/brickmold goes over the existing siding, not flush to it) in the future thicker siding (or new siding with insulation) could stick out past the window frame. Makes it hard to waterproof right and also looks funny.

Also - if redoing inside and out, this might be a good time to update your insulation and air movement/vapor barriers for better energy efficiency.

Also - depending on what you are thinking about resale - if this is not your "forever" home or resale is in the cards down the road, 3/4 -1 century old siding is not likely to make for good curb appeal, so it might be worth it to spend the extra typically $5-8,000 ballpark cost to upgrade to the new siding now. Your favorite realtor (the one you bought it through maybe ?) can give you a better idea of what the effect of old siding on a remodeled house is "worth" come resale time.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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