Admins, this might be too much for 1 post, but they're all related so if it needs broken up, just let me know. Also anyone reading this, please feel free to speak to just one part because it's a lot.
My house is wrapped in cedar siding, built in the mid 80s. Someone painted the front in latex paint (cracked, split, cupped, name it) and needs replaced, but the rest was stained rather well -- a lovely green I might add and looks fantastic, outside of a board or two that has split for who knows why. I'll be replacing those soon.
Anyway, I'm considering replacing all the siding on the front of the house myself (I have a miter saw, circular saw, a good ladder ... plenty of tools to do this) and had a few questions about doing it in a way that means business and I REALLY don't like doing things twice, so I want to do it right. I also hate paying 3-4x more for someone else to do it.
My first set of questions is regarding the siding. My house is facing south, so it gets baked in the Georgia sun. Bad. I have some really large trees that protect the rest of the house, but the front gets sun for 8+ hours and for this reason I've considered concrete (hardy) siding. My questions -- 1, should I do it (hardy) or the cedar and 2, would it look stupid?
My next questions are around replacing the particle board panels and adding a layer of that house wrap stuff. I figure if I'm ripping off all the siding, I should replace the particle board with plywood and add house wrap. The way it's done now is with that thin, really crappy stuff and I have a feeling I'm going to find problems. I've watched a few videos on doing the wrap and it seems stupid easy. Any reason why I shouldn't do the house wrap? Other than cost, any reason not to do the plywood and how thick should the plywood be? Has to be exterior rated too right??
Final set of questions -- should I replace the windows while I do this? My current windows are 14 years old, some don't open real well, hazed up, etc so they're due but the framing of the windows I have is metal and there's no screws on the inside of it for removal. It makes me think there's no easy way to do replacement windows (vs new construction) but I'm not sure, so I ask :-)