Asked on Sep 30, 2017

My House WAS 2 summer guest cottages,

WendyNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CACynthia H


We bought them, transported, put on piers , now an almost finished 1500 sq ft cottage.
My question:
It was NEVER SHEATHED. Just clapboard siding, against frame. Should I just side over it, thus making the existing siding the sheathing, so to speak? If yes, how?
OR, should I remove existing siding, sheath it, then reside.
I need to do it quickly & efficiently, & wonder if anyone out there knows how or has done it or?...

5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Sep 30, 2017

    do your self a favor and remove the existing finish ,chances are it may have been a quick fix
  • Cristine Meixner
    on Sep 30, 2017

    what kind of siding do you want?
  • Cynthia H
    on Sep 30, 2017

    When we removed the siding from our 100+ year house we confirmed it was a plank house with no sheathing. We put outdoor grade plywood on it, a Tyvek barrier and then put the siding on. We started running over budget, so just did the North side of our house that way, insulating with foam sheets on the rest before putting on siding. The north side of our house is the quietest side of the house and the warmest, even though it gets wind all winter and is by a busy street. Years later, I wish we had done the entire house that way. You get what you pay for, and it wasn't really that much more to do the extra step. The sheathing was 4x8 sheets and our house is fairly large but that step only took a day.
  • Wow! What a great project! I would check your local building codes before proceeding. You also want to make sure it is properly insulated too.
  • Wendy
    on Oct 1, 2017

    Good luck with this project!
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