I have an old 1950s house and currently it has aluminum siding and then stucco underneath. We want to remove the old aluminum and put home wrap, styrofoam insulation and vinyl siding up.
So the question is because it has stucco as the base what do we do? Can we leave it up and then put the foam then home wrap then the new siding up, or are we forced to knock it off to do a proper job?
Also should we put the home wrap on 1st or the insulation?
If you have cinder block walls underneath, leave the stucco. If you have wood framing, I'd remove it. It gives you the chance to inspect, repair or improve what's underneath. Demo doesn't take very long, so don't take a short cut. House wrap goes on last overtop of the insulation.
Thanks for your response.
I have wood under the stucco. I started to remove the aluminum siding today and the stucco is cracked along many places and broken off at the corners. It appears they put black paper behind the stucco so that hopefully has saved the wood from damage but this winter we had problems with ice damming and water was seeping in through the windows and doors so there may be some problems there. It's possible though that the water was only between the siding and stucco because as I was taking the siding off there was water trapped in the grooves.
What is the best way to remove the stucco? I was thinking of cutting the wire at the corners and pulling it off with the stucco. Is that the best way?
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