I bought a house last summer (built circa 1920). The previous owner had taken off the old siding (ca. 1960s?) off the front of the house (basically the bit under cover of the porch roof) revealing cedar shingles underneath. They painted the shingles.
The previous owner claims that the cedar underneath the rest of the house is in good shape. I don’t know if that’s true or not, haven’t checked, and am not sure how to. But I’m faced with a dilemma. I want to get rid of the old siding no matter what. Some are encouraging me to take off the siding, add insulation, and put up new vinyl siding (leaving the cedar alone in the front with the current color or possibly re-painting it). I’ve talked to others who are encouraging me to take off the old siding and paint the original cedar. Or I guess take a look at what’s there and see if I could leave the cedar unpainted but treated.
I’d really like to get advice (pros and cons) from people who have gone through this before. I definitely don’t have a lot of money to spend initially… or with upkeep. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide!
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