Siding issues, question for Marti8a and JenniK?
As I'd mentioned in my other post, we just recently discovered that our siding is fading a TON, it is also twisting and coming off the house a little in some places. We would like to get the house re-sided and had settled on fiber-cement (probably HardiePlank) but when the guy came today to give me a quote it was $18,500!!! We have a tiny, simple cape cod! I was stunned by this, I was expecting much closer to 8,000 (hoping for even less, clearly I don't know what I'm talking about!). I knew it was expensive but I was totally unprepared for that number.
This is not a good time for us but it does need to get done sometime this year or next and I can't come up with any good options for us! I refuse to re-side the house in vinyl. I always said I would NEVER buy a vinyl house (I love a lot of houses with vinyl, my second favorite house in my city is vinyl, I just don't like to live inside it) and then we went and bought one, but my hubby doesn't like it either.
Honestly I don't mind the look of aluminum at all, some of the houses on the street are aluminum and I only figured out they aren't wood a week ago! No one around here wants to install it though...I guess it's on the "out" and is susceptible to a lot of issues. I just have no idea what my options are, or is there NO reasonable way to recover your house?
I would be totally willing to try to re-side myself but I really don't know if I have the skill-set...just basic carpentry. I don't want to void the warranty of whatever I would use by messing it up and I REALLY don't want to cause any problems with water and the house.
Jennik, I know you just resided (and it looks really great!), did your contractor give you any options?
Marti8a, did you know anything about siding before you tried it? Did it take a long time? Did you understand the directions? (It seems simple until I tried reading the JamesHardie direction packet, oh my...Do you mind me asking how much the materials were?