Q. How do I know whether it is wise to replace our clapboard or just repaint, and if we replace it, what should we do if the sheathing has no weather resistant barrier? How do I pay for this? Can I do this in stages?
Whether to replace or repaint your clapboard siding depends on several factors such as the age and condition of the existing siding, your budget, and your aesthetic preferences.
Repainting may be the more affordable and quicker solution to improve the appearance of your home’s exterior, if your siding is:
- in good condition but just needs a fresh coat of paint
It’s more cost-effective to replace your clapboard siding rather than continually patching and repainting it, if your siding is:
- severely damaged
ATTENTION! If your siding and your sheathing has no weather-resistant barrier, it is recommended to have a barrier installed, because:
- a weather-resistant barrier protects your home from water damage
- a weather-resistant barrier prevents moisture from penetrating into the wall cavity, which can lead to mold and rot and pests!
There are several options available for the cost.
- Paying out of pocket
- Using financing (some contractors also offer payment plans or financing options to help spread out the cost over time. It is important to do your research and choose a payment option that works best for you).
- Consider replacing your siding in stages.
Replacing your siding can be done in stages, but it may be more cost-effective to replace all of it at once, because:
- it can be more efficient for the contractor to complete the work in one go
- it can also help ensure a consistent appearance across your home’s exterior.
However, if budget constraints make it necessary to replace the siding in stages, it is possible to do so as long as proper planning is done. If you prefer to do the project in stages, you could start by:
- replacing the most damaged areas of the clapboard first
- then gradually work your way around the house.
This can help spread out the cost of the project over time.
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