Laurel's Adventures in Home Repair   


Siding - Exterior

March 5 - August 22, 2015
October 27 - November 3, 2015


Our house is mostly brick but it has siding also.  The siding is located above or/and below windows, around the front entrance, and balcony.  There was nothing wrong with the old siding.  No large water damage, no water leaks.  However, the pine trim board used in some of these areas, had dry rotted or was peeling paint.

I had no intention of doing anything to the siding on the house, except to install new trim and paint.  That was until the "Raising the Roof" project started.  When installing a new garage roof, siding was needed to fill the new gable.

During new roof construction on garage.  Old siding still on above garage doors and above window

New siding installed on gable.  Before any trim was added.

The siding that was used on the garage gable was different than the existing siding.  I asked the contractor to match the existing siding.  I was told it no longer exists.  I took his word for it.  I probably could have found it somewhere with a lot of searching.  Anyways, I liked the newer siding better.
As construction was proceeding on the garage roof, I noticed the siding above the one window on the garage wall.  I wanted the siding here to match the gable.  However, the window was covered with wrought iron making it almost impossible to replace the siding without removing the wrought iron.  BUT, if I replaced the siding before the roof soffit boards were installed, I could swing a hammer at the top easily.

Installing new siding above the garage window was not included in the contractor's work.  Therefore, the work was left up to me.  I dug through the contractor's dumpster and grabbed every large piece of scrap siding that was left over after the gable siding was installed.  And they threw away a lot. 

Note to those who hire contractors....check the dumpster and rescue scrap lumber and materials.

Old orange siding above garage window

The first thing I did was to remove the weathered pine trim.  When looking at the old siding, I realized that it was still in good shape.  It stayed.  Placing new siding over the old would add insulation and bring out this indented area to the front a little.

I then removed any old paint and caulk to level the surface.  I then cut a piece of the new siding to fit over the old.  The piece that I cut was 48" x 15 1/4".

After the new siding was in place, the workers put up the soffit board.

While the workers were working on another area, I went back to do the trim over the window.
Since this window gets a lot of direct sunlight and is hit by the rain, I decided to use a more durable material for the trim, so I do not have to worry about rotting.  PVC

In my pile of purchased moulding, I had a few pieces of 1" x 4" PVC trim board.  I ripped one in half so I had 1" x 2" moulding and started with the trim piece that sits above the window. 

This window has a little ledge that the new siding just managed to fit in.  The old trim sat on top of the ledge.  I wanted to prevent any water from getting in on this ledge.  So I cut away a little of the moulding so it fit over the top of the ledge.  See the graphic at right to see what I mean.

I only did this above this window.

Caulk placed between the moulding and new siding will further block any water, along with the paint.

After I installed the new siding and trim, the area was left unpainted for a couple of months while I worked on other areas of the house.  I did not want to start any painting until the contractors were gone.


How bottom trim piece went
over top of window frame edge

Of note, I only had the contractor do the new construction and some repairs.  All of the trim and painting was done by me, after their work was completed.

When I got back to this window, the new siding was painted and I caulked all of the areas around the siding and window.  In addition, the wrought iron was sanded and given a fresh coat of paint.

New siding and PVC trim above garage window

New siding on garage after trim and painting was completed

While the construction workers were on site, I still had not planned to do anything with the siding on the house.  Until, they were doing soffit repairs around the main bathroom window.

Again I looked at the window siding.  While the workers were away to pick up some supplies, I climbed up on the scaffolding to take a closer look.

What I saw was expected and then, I was pissed off.  The bathroom window was replaced in 2013.  I wish the window installers had bothered to say how bad the pine trim was at the top of the window.  I would have just given them a new piece.  I always have this type of moulding sitting around.  The bottom piece of old trim was nailed back on in 3 pieces.  Jeezzzz!

The siding was in good shape.  It just had peeling paint.

So as quick as I could, I took off the old trim and scraped down the old siding.  I then used more of the scrap siding from the garage and cut 2 pieces to fit over the old siding.  I did not have enough scrap material to cut just one single piece.  Again, I used PVC board for trim in place of the pine.

Damaged siding and trim over main bath window

I was able to caulk all of the seams before the contractors were finished and took their scaffolding away, which was a day later.

Since I would be working along the roof of the house for several months, I ended up buying 12 feet worth of scaffolding.  I got a good deal and it was cheaper in the long run to have my own scaffolding rather than rent it.  I work too slow.

After doing the bathroom window, I made the final decision to cover all of the siding around all of the windows of the house when I got to that area when doing the soffit repairs and painting.

By June 5, 2015, I had finished painting the roof areas and covered the siding above another window on the west side of the house.

New siding and trim over bathroom window

Completed west side of the house roof and siding on June 5, 2015

The next section of the house to work on was the east side.  There were two windows with siding here.  At this point, I was just about out of scrap pieces of siding.  I needed to buy some more siding.  I did some measurements around the other windows of the house and determined I would need at least 5 more sheets of 4' x 8' siding. That means I will buy 6, in case I make a mistake.

I looked online to see if Lowe's had anything similar to what the contractor used.  They did.  But I had no way to get the full sheets home.  I decided to order online and suck-up the $60 delivery charge. What I did to cushion the delivery charge fee, was to order the cement I would need in the Fall to finish my rock walls.  I added onto the order 20 bags of cement and the pvc trim board I would need.

The delivery arrived Saturday, the next day.

The board were a little thinner than the board used by the contractor, but that was all right.  The pattern was the same and I would not be mixing any boards on the same window.  This board also has a lot of very good reviews on the website.  I was confident I was getting a decent siding.

SmartSide 38 Series Primed Engineered Treated Wood Siding Panel (Common: 0.375-in x 48-in x 96-in; Actual: 0.315-in x 48.563-in x 95.875-in)

SmartSide 38 Series Primed Engineered Treated Wood Siding Panel

(Common: 0.375-in x 48-in x 96-in; Actual: 0.315-in x 48.563-in x 95.875-in


The next window with siding was on the other side of the house above a kitchen window.  This area had a couple of problems.  The space was real tight and there was an electrical cord for outdoor lighting I had to deal with.  See photo below.

For this window siding I did something a little different.  I kept the trim board on.  It is so far under the roof, the sun and rain does not hit it. So there was no damage.  I wedged the electrical cord into the space between the soffit board and the brick.  I positioned the electrical wire in the space above the old bottom trim board and then placed a new piece of siding over the whole area covering the electrical wire.

The siding had to be slid behind the wrought iron to get into this tight spot.  It was not easy.

Electrical wire moved behind brick and placed in siding gap. 
New siding to be placed over entire area on top of trim boards.

New siding and trim added above kitchen window.
Moulding placed on brick under soffit on the right side of the window

As you can see above, the electrical cord that used to be attached to the soffit where there was brick and then to the siding, is now hidden.
The next area with siding to work on, was above the large dining room window. 

This window was very easy to attach the new siding to because I had a lot of room to work.

The only problem I have been having around the newer double glass windows we have had installed over-the-years is:

1) the amount of caulk used by the window installers and

2) some of the aluminum siding was cut around the old pine trim boards.


Old siding above dining room window

This means I have to pull up the corners of the old pine trim from behind the aluminum siding without damaging the existing window siding.  I then need to cut and peel off a bunch of silicone caulk between the old siding and the window siding until I have a nice clean and flat surface to attach the new siding to.

After the siding is attached to the surface, I have been priming it with my oil based paint.  Yes, these boards are pre-primed, but I am taking no chances.  I want these areas to be maintenance free for many years.

After a couple days, when the primer has dried, I then paint the siding with two coats of latex paint.

 New siding installed and primed above dining room window

I pre-painted the pvc trim before installation so I would not be painting against the brick.  For every piece of trim that is installed against the brick it is sealed with clear elastomeric caulk.  During each preparation of a section there was a lot of old white caulk that was making the brick look awful.  My prep work also included removing the old caulk from the brick with a rust/paint removing tool attached on my hand drill.

 Section between the first and second decorative beam above dining room window complete

After the east side of the house was completed, it was time for the back of the house.

An entire section of the back of the house is siding with ten windows.  The bottom windows are newer.  The top five windows are the old single pane windows that have not been replaced yet.

When I worked on the back of the house I did all the work requiring a scaffolding first.  Then I worked on the sections at ground level.

After tearing off the damaged fascia from the roof and replacing it, I got started on the siding. 

I made the decision to remove the wrought iron from these top windows.  Although not impossible, it would be very difficult for a burglar to break into these windows.  Also, the pine trim that the wrought iron was mounted on had dry rotted.

This section gets a lot of sun and rain.

Ten window section at the back of the house

With the wrought iron out of the way, all of the old pine trim was removed.  The old siding was scrapped down and nailed in some places to make sure it was flat.  The new siding was installed and sealed and pvc trim was added around the edges and around the upper windows.

New siding and trim installed around top five windows

For the big blah space between the two sets of windows, I painted the trim a dark green color.  I also added a little southwest-step design to the corners with the pvc trim. 

 Roof areas complete.  Area around top 5 windows complete.

The next section of siding that was worked on at the back of the house was the other side of the balcony.

Here I repeated the same steps I had used on the other siding areas.  Remove the old trim.  Clean up and prep the old siding and then install the new siding.

Additionally, I had to deal with a bunch of cable wires that were finally controlled and neatly attached to the house.

The wrought iron was also in bad shape and was sanded and painted at the same time.

The bottom section was done after I finished some work on the balcony.  At this point the scaffolding has been put away.


Small siding section to work on at back of house

The photo on the right shows this small section complete from the roof to the ground.

I did have to do some cement work on this bottom section.

When I removed the old pine trim from the bottom section I discovered an area, way underneath,  between the bricks and the cement foundation where water can get inside.  I now knew how water, about 10 years ago, got inside the house during a really heavy rain storm where the water rose about 3 inches in the backyard.

With a small batch of cement, I filled in this area before putting the new siding on.

On this bottom section I was pretty liberal with the caulk to seal it because this area has a lot of rain exposure.


Small siding section at back of house complete

Final Siding Section
October 27 - November 3, 2015

The final siding section I needed to complete, was done when the temperatures were cooler.  I needed to do some cement work on this area.

Besides the spalled concrete underneath this section, it was just indented too much.  Sweeping underneath here was a pain.

Last section of siding to work on

First I removed the old trim.  I then discovered a warped section of the old siding that could not be hammered flat.  This piece of old siding was cut out.  I wanted to remove this whole section of siding but I could not.  The aluminum window siding had been installed over the top of the old siding.  If I had tried to remove it, I would have damaged the window siding.

I filled in the cut out siding with some scrap lumber, which was the same thickness as the old siding.  This is why I save my old scraps.  You never know when it will come in handy.  It did not have to look pretty.  I just needed the area to be level.

Old trim and flashing removed.  Warped section removed and scrap lumber used to patch area

I then cleaned and prepared the cement underneath.  To patch this area I used an entire 40lb bag of cement patcher.  I troweled  the cement smooth up to the edge of the old siding.  This brought out the edge of the cement a little under an inch.  Now it will be a little easier to sweep.

New cement placed underneath old siding

I then installed the new siding.  It was primed and then painted.  The trim was then installed after I painted the new cement underneath.

New siding installed over the old siding

All of the siding on the house has now been covered with new siding or painted.

The area around the front entrance and upstairs around the balcony still has the old siding.  None of this siding is damaged and only needed a fresh coat of paint.

There are plans to eventually cover this old siding in a few years.

When I get around to doing this, I will update this web page.

Completed large siding section at the back of house



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