Wood Siding

Video Length: 6:25
Produced by: Matt Risinger

Are you a wood snob like me? Have you ever seen a vinyl or cement siding with the stamped "wood" grain and felt ill? Well, we don't have to abandon wood siding. We just need to install it with a bit of care.

The purpose of today's blog post is to show how we've pulled the original pine siding off the house and then re-installed it. I just left the job site a few minutes ago and this 77 year old wood siding looks fantastic! But, there are some reasons this wood siding made it through nearly 8 decades intact. The #1 reason it's in good shape is AIR FLOW. This old house was never re-muddled and when we started this project we quickly realized the walls were never insulated. That's great news for a remodel. That pine siding was installed on solid 1x8 shiplap sheathing, over solid 2x4's. The inside of the house was another layer of 1x8 wood shiplap with some sheetrock and some original fabric wallpaper. This house was a leaky sieve (both water and air) and that's why it survived so well. That siding would get wet, the walls would get wet, that solid lumber would drink up the water and store it till it could naturally dissipate with the airflow through the cavities. The problems occur when old houses get partly sealed or partly insulated. Once the airflow stops then the house has no way to dissipate the moisture it's taking on during rain events. leads to mold, rot, and ultimately failed buildings.

Check out this job site video I did to show how we reinstalled this siding with the ability to dry like it had in 1935. We ran short of the original siding and order some new yellow pine milled to the original profile so this house is 70% 1935 siding and 30% 2012 siding.

The method is called Vented Rain Screen and it's pretty straightforward. But there are some additional details for wood that need to be followed. It must be primed on all 6 sides, and the carpenters must prime all end cuts.

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Source: www.finehomebuilding.com

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Depends on what you have

Without details, almost impossible to give you even a ballpark price. What size window, what kind of window, single story or two story, what is on exterior of house, what is interior walls, do you want the window to be "cased", etc. etc..
You also need your location, to figure out how much the permit will be, each municipality is different.
For a basic window installation, you can figure 1500+ with permit, without permit, you can take off about 125.00. For a non licensed contractor....you "might" be able to get it done for 1000+, these figures are based on a wood standard siding house, and completed in one day

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  — WatertownDailyTimes.com
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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