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    Default What kind of siding is this

    I am living in WA Everett and we are buying a house that needs repair.
    I have asked several siding contractors and none could gave me a good answer.
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    http://s1138.photobucket.com/albums/n538/brunholdi/?action=view&current=DSC00134.jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZ http%3A%2F%2Fs1138.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn538 %2Fbrunholdi%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3DDSC001 30.jpg

    any answer might be useful....
    If someone might know if this contain asbestos or not...I would be the happiest person.
    Thank you guys

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    Default Re: What kind of siding is this

    yesssssss...

    I am so happy..this house looks exactly like the one in full pic.

    Do you think if I want to remove it, I need to test for asbestos?
    or I can just ask a contractor to remove it with out concern.
    I was so much afraid that it has asbestos in it....as far as I got estimate to remove it varies between 8k-10k...+new siding.

    Thank you for that lightning fast respond I am appreciate it .
    Bruno


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    Bruno,
    That also looks like a composition wood fiber siding. Many brands of this type of siding, by different manufacturers such as Masonite, are known to deteriorate and/or fail prematurely due to moisture penetration. Failure is typically visible in the form of swelling, cracking and delamination, especially at the bottom edges and seams.

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    Bruno

    Looks like that door and window in the photo are replacements? If so, I would have them thoroughly checked for proper weather flashing before replacing the exterior siding. It may also be a good idea to have some safety handrails installalled on the rear stair if has four or more risers. (steps)

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    There may be traces of asbestos in the tar adhesives that are used to hold the edges down. You would need a lab test to check that out. If they can peel it of in big sheets and avoid creating dust it will help, but they still should take all the precautions.

    That looks like the original wood "drop siding" to me. If you don't want it, someone in Victoria, BC may want it for the heritage factor. No kidding.

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    Thank you all for being fast respond to my question.

    I might want to save the old original siding...wood and remove the asphalt junk.
    Does anyone know how can I insulate the house from outside if I remove the asphalt siding and not planning to put a new one, but use the old.
    I was think if it is possible to drill holes into the siding and blow insulation or something.
    I am concern that there is no insulation under the old wood siding.

    Thanks for a good comment on back porch and hand rail.
    This house is going to go for an inspection and I have not a clue what is going to come up with it.
    Than you guys all your help and time you spent to answer me.
    Bruno


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    Yes insulation can be installed inside the wall cavity through holes drilled on the inside or outside but you would want to investigate whether there is a water resistant barrier (tar paper) present before installing.

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    Am I the only one that has an issue with insulation contractors boring holes in the exterior siding on old homes?

    Looks like crap, and the new insulation traps moisture.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon Whitmore View Post
    Am I the only one that has an issue with insulation contractors boring holes in the exterior siding on old homes?

    Looks like crap, and the new insulation traps moisture.
    I agree there are downsides, but the alternative is freezing your butt all winter or going broke on fuel.

    Or what my sister did to her stuccoed house. Instead of screwing up the stucco, they blew it in from the inside, and then patched the holes in the plaster and touched up the paint.

    Seal all electrical boxes, seams around interior trim, and use a vapor barrier-type paint.

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    I agree there are downsides, but the alternative is freezing your butt all winter or going broke on fuel.
    I'd go for the addition of insulation from the interior.

    Another downside is that many of the homes that have no insulation also have knob and tube wires in the walls.


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    Here is a close pic of the siding....
    please if you could take a look if this is familiar to you.
    (reason I share here because some of you guys It might have asbestos in it.)

    thanks
    Bruno

    Last edited by Bruno Balogh; 02-05-2011 at 10:24 PM. Reason: http://s1138.photobucket.com/albums/n538/brunholdi/?action=view&current=IMG_5137.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno Balogh View Post

    Bruno. One more thing you need to get a grip on. Lead paint testing. http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/steps.pdf

    if this home needs a lot of repairs you could find out you may have extra cost for lead paint testing and cleanup.

    Best

    Ron


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    Default Re: What kind of siding is this

    There's a wealth of info on this site: Inspectapedia
    Asbestos Building Material Regulations

    Check out the asbestos floor covering pages. That should be a bigger worry, asbestos inside the house, than that old siding.

    That appears to be hardboard siding you have there, not asphalt shingles. Could be Masonite shingles. Mostly wood fibre.

    If you need to be sure about some material, put samples in ziploc bags and take them to a lab.

    Last edited by John Kogel; 02-06-2011 at 07:30 PM.
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