How long can I go without siding?
I've got a work-in-progress, and trying to figure out where to spend what little money I have left in my remodeling budget.
It's a gut-redo. Original house had 'board and batten' siding which was actually just 5/8 plywood sheathing and battens.
I removed the battens and wrapped in 15# felt paper, and installed new windows and trim (pvc).
I planned on putting up pre-finished white cedar shingles before the weather turns harsh (I'm in New England), but just got sticker shock with the quote for materials. There's still plenty of work to do inside the house, and the money used for shingles could easily get a LOT done...sheetrock, bathroom tile, etc.
Is it advisable to leave the house unshingled through the winter?
I could also look at cheaper siding, I guess, but my quote I think is reasonable ($360/square for 5" exposure), and I do NOT want to put up vinyl. Would consider hardiplank, but I'm skeptical that I'd be saving much money, and heard it's more difficult to install (I'll be doing that).
Thanks for any advice!