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Clapboard Condition Under Siding


Name: Aliza  City: Montclair, NJ

Question: Hi there, I am considering purchasing a house that currently has aluminum siding over asbestos shingles over clapboard. Our original plan was to take off the top two layers and see what the clapboard was like but I'm thinking it's going to be a huge job, since we are going to do it ourselves. I hate vinyl siding, so don't really want to put that on this beautiful victorian. Does anybody have any suggestions or advice or past experience that would help????? If we can't figure out the outside to our liking we're not going to purchase. It's a huge project and wouldn't be worth it to have vinyl siding....


Name: Jim | Date: January 26, 2005, 8:18
Answer: With that asbestos siding, you get into a whole 'nother world of hurt with the EPA regs. Might be a beautiful house, but I'd sure think 3 or 4 times before I bought.


Name: joe | Date: January 26, 2005, 22:04
Answer: Keep the aluminum siding and just paint it. But agree with Jim. If you need to go further, walk away.


Name: Mark | Date: January 28, 2005, 5:13
Answer: Hello Azila. This is a good sized job but can be done. Here are a few of my thoughts. The asbestos removal and disposal is hazardous material. Check into how to do it right. I have worked on 2 houses with aluminum and made enough from the aluminum at a junkyard to pay for the paint. The clapboard, in most cases, will be in tough shape and will need to be scraped and holes/damage will need to be repaired. Remember, odds are, it is lead-based paint so take precautions. Be careful near wires when taking off and moving the aluminum...it's an easy conductor of electricity. Good luck!