Placing Beveled Cedar Siding Over Shiplap Siding

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Posted by: from Kamloops
2/17/2013 at 5:07:05 PM

I have a HO that wants to refinish the outside of their house. They presently have 5 inch flat shiplap siding. It is in good shape (flat, no waves, no cupping) but the wife does not like the look. They would like to have beveled cedar.

They do not want to remove the old siding. They would like me to go right over top of this. My preference is to remove the old siding. It is a cost factor for them. They have also received advice from several other "contractors" who suggest that you can go right over top.

Do any of you have any advice on this topic? I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.....


Windows and doors to be replaced or new block molding to be installed

They understand that service boxes, electrical, vents for dryer kitchen may have to adjusted out.



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Date/Time2/18/2013 at 2:55:34 PM


I don't see a reason why not.

Make sure the new windows and doors are installed first, that shiplap is dry with NO rot at the bottom anywhere, and make your client aware that there may be jam extensions and buid-outs required here and there.

Is there enough room for the added layer at the eves?

What about the re and re cost for exterior lights?



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Date/Time2/20/2013 at 1:29:39 AM

The more I look at this issue the more I am leaning toward insisting on going down to the sheathing. There are too many red flags on this one.

Thanks for your reply Andrew.

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