****Edit** I have a vinyl quote with tear-out and new sheathing/house wrap for $2,400 -- the materials is $1475 and the labor is under $1k at $960. The guy has been doing only siding for 20 years -- has an awesome website and a ton of references, and was very upfront about what material cost is VS labor cost, which is exactly what I was looking for and didn't get with other bids. I'm for sure going to go with that and not pay double for hardie. $960 labor is fine with me and 100% worth my time rather than stumbling through the vinyl and mess it up. What the guy who has been doing it for 20 years will do in 1 or 2 days will take me weeks or months. As someone else said, I can do 2 vinyl jobs for the price of 1 hardie job. thanks everyone for input. It won't be as nice as hardie but will have a warranty etc******
I really need some advice from someone who isn't trying to get all my money
I have a house built in the 70s ok.... i'm the new homeowner... lived here for about a year
it's time to address my siding situation.
it's wood, don't know if OSB or Plywood, but either way - it's dry rotted and has cracks in it throughout, the worst of which is at the windows.
there is no vapor barrier behind it, and the sheathing is Fiberboard, not even plywood which is modern sheathing.
i had new windows put in in 2015, and at the time I had no idea about proper window flashing, contractor obviously took full advantage of that and didn't do anything on the windows except install them (poorly at that).
the new windows are not flashed, and as a result i found out now there is a lot of dry rot happening and water getting into the windows and it's a critical situation, etc according to the siding guys that have come and look at the situation.
the window situation you will see below is where trim was torn off on the previous windows and not restored when new windows were put in.
Not just windows are effected, non-window sections are also split and rot and so on.
i need to know from someone experienced in this area roughly how much i could do this job for by myself with new plywood, new tyvek, new sheathing with plywood, OR repairing what's currently on there now (Is that even possible? Sand, paint, re-caulk, etc).
the measurement is 8 squares, 800 SQ FT.
My goal is to try to understand the DIY material cost vs paying a siding contractor for new engineered wood, or vinyl, or jamies hardie cement board, new tyvek vapor barrier, maybe new sheathing with plywood, etc etc.