New Vinyl Siding, What a difference!
Well, since I replaced my HVAC system with a Geothermal system, I needed to correct the draft problem and to investigate some water leakage issues when it rains heavily. So .... I had the aluminum siding replaced with a product called Oracle by Crane Performance Siding.
This siding has a solid core foam backing. This backing aids in straightening walls, reduces air infiltration, and improves energy efficiency. I am looking forward to winter this year to see not only how the HVAC system responds, but also to put the new siding to the test.
The aluminum siding was removed. Along with the sparse under wrap from alcoa.
The offset and facia were removed. Along with the gutters and downspouts.
The house was wrapped with Tyvek house wrap. The seams were taped with Tyvek tape. This will further reduce the cold drafts felt throughout the house in winter.
The vinyl siding was installed.
While the offset was removed, I took the opportunity to place sleeves in between the roof joists to aid in attic ventilation. This was something that the builder did not see too when the house was built. Instead, insulation was packed up to the soviets preventing any air from entering the attic. This contributed greatly to the lack of proper attic ventilation.
Rotten wood was replaced before the offset and facia were installed. The only places that had rotted wood were the previously wrapped end caps at the bottom corner of the roof.
New gutters and downspouts were installed. The gutters and downspouts are oversized. That is they are about an inch larger than the original. It was noted during heavy rains that water following the valley in the front would run over the gutter. The water that did find the gutter overloaded it and water would then run over the top.
I have taken a series of pictures during the process. On the left are some pictures of how the house looked with the old Yellow alcoa aluminum siding. Pictures on the right are how the house looks now after the siding contractor, Barry Aluminum, Inc did the tear off and the installation of the Tyvek wrap, siding, offset and facia, and the gutters.
The team from Barry Aluminum that did the work were fantastic. With the exception of a rude interruption from mother nature, the entire job was completed in a timely manner. The cleanup after the job was done very well.
The pictures above are of the siding process. I used practices learned from my GeoThermal installation and stood back from the contractor as they worked. I did help a little. I couldn't resist getting my hands involved.
Disappointment . . . .
It was the first summer with the new siding when apparently a rock propelled by the lawn mower put a hole in the siding. The piece of siding was replaced, but at a cost. This type of damage is not covered under warranty. Not quite as durable as aluminum but I thought the vinyl would be a little stronger.
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