A Short Discussion of Retrofitted Siding:
Installing new siding material over original wall exteriors has been commonly marketed as an economical alternative to paint maintenance. In fact the accounting in support of this “remedy” may be suspect. The greatest maintenance challenges, and therefore expense, are not the vertical wall surfaces, but rather structures that remain unaddressed such as window casings, doorways, posts and columns, railings, and porch floors. Since residing was ostensibly an economy measure, low cost frequently triumphed over aesthetics in the finished work.
Regrettably, simply removing retrofitted siding and restoring the original underlying structures may not be an easy solution. Typically a great deal of rip out has taken place. Practically all original structures that projected out from the wall surface, and which gave architectural character to the home, have been ripped away: belly bands, drip caps, an assortment of moldings, the outer portions of window casings
and sills....The list can be long and replacement exorbitantly expensive.
Gary D. Torgerson Co. refinishing work on over-sided homes seeks not only to restore the degraded surfaces of the retrofitted siding, but to reestablish some measure of architectural distinction.
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