Even if wood siding is structurally sound, it needs to be scraped, painted and replaced every three to seven years to keep it looking good. Over time, more and more wood panels will need to be replaced as they are continually power-washed and restained.
To avoid future repairs and maintenance, a contractor may recommend that homeowners choose vinyl siding as it’s lower maintenance and can provide long-term cost savings.
In new construction, builders may just choose vinyl siding from the beginning but with a renovation, the cost of removing the old siding can cut into the cost savings of the project. That’s why many contractors are taking a unique approach: installing new siding overtop of the old.