Removing siding with cedar shingles underneath

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Posted by: from Sydney Ns
1/16/2016 at 8:36:23 AM

We will be moving into a story and a half house with siding that is deteriorating after 30+ years. We know the history of this 50 year old house since it is a shared ownership with a family member. The original exterior covering is cedar shingles which were in excellent shape when the siding was installed. The house is not well insulated but has been well-maintained.

Is it possible that the shingles underneath the siding are presentable and could be considered as an option to replacing siding with siding? The shingles were covered to eliminate painting and to follow the crowd. Several neighbors have kept their shingled houses and they look lovely.

Thank you.


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Date/Time1/16/2016 at 11:04:59 AM

Hello Diana,

My concern is that the cedar shakes underneath may damaged by the nails used for the installation of the "new" siding.

I would recommend to open up a small section to see in what shape the cedar shakes are.

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Diana in Sydney Ns
Date/Time1/16/2016 at 11:54:23 AM


That is why it is important to ask an expert. I never would have thought of that.

Thank you.


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Jimmy from Extreme Renos Ltd. in Melfort
Date/Time1/16/2016 at 9:52:29 PM

Myself I would strip off the old siding including all the old shingled shake siding to the original sheeting. I would put a house wrap on the home first. Then I would put on 2 inch foam insulation on the home taping all seams on the foam and Typar house wrap. Then put on the new siding. I did a house like this in Star City and it has keep the heat in ever since. The house was poorly insulated on the inside. He was happy with the outcome.

Thank you. Hope this is helpful.

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