Exterior siding details
My house is a 1500 square ft bungalow located on Lake of the Woods in Ontario near the Minnesota border (Climate Zone 7) . Before I purchased the house the previous owners replaced all the windows with triple pane pane windows but had the installers build them out 1.5″ with intentions of adding exterior foam when the siding was to be replaced. I have since gutted the entire main floor and rewired, plumbed and insulated with 3.5″ of closed cell spray foam in the walls. I added a couple more windows and a set of patio doors and stuck with the 1.5″ build out.
My question is what is the best way to detail the exterior before adding siding? If all the windows are built out 1.5″ how do I prep the exterior before adding Marvin Apex Fiberglass siding without having the windows stick out. All of my openings have been detailed correctly with blueskin prior to the windows being installed.
I don’t really want to add exterior rigid foam as I believe this will cause moisture problems with my sheathing as It will not breath to the outside. I was thinking of installing good housewrap (What is the best housewrap for my application?) and adding 1.5″ furring strips before siding. Will a 1.5″ gap cause problems with my siding warping, or attract insect/rodent/bats?
The previous siding was aluminum over #15 felt paper with no moisture damage to the sheathing in 30 years. I would like to keep it this way.
Any suggestions and details are welcome. What would you guys do if you were faced with this?
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