How much does painting your house cost??
After reading post after post about not using vinyl siding on old houses, I'm a little worried about our choices a few years down the road. Our house is relatively big, by old house standards, I think--about 3100sf on the two main levels with an enormous attic and full basement.
In the 50's, it was the demo house in the area for the "new aluminum siding." Nothing has been done to it since. We're hoping the original wood siding and scalloping are in decent shape underneath when we get enough money to get this old aluminum off.
I want to try to preserve and paint it--DH says it will cost a FORTUNE, have to be done every 5 years or so, and we just won't be able to afford it. He wants white vinyl (I know, shudder!!) with green shutters. I want to try to restore the wood, if possible, although blown in insulation holes have probably damaged the wood somewhat.
I've shared these pics dozens of times, but here they are--and you can see the wood siding and scalloping in the second picture from the 40's (we think).
Lastly, is there any other siding that looks more "authentic" than vinyl, but has less upkeep (and COST!) than wood?