Re-siding / re-sheathing a 30-year-old double-stud house
I’m in Zone 6. My mother’s house was built from the late 70s to the early 80s (not a guess — it took that long).
Walls are 2×6 and 2×4 staggered studs with pink glass, poly, and sheetrock on the inside, rough-sawn board sheathing, rough-sawn board-and-batten siding. Andersen 2-pane casement low-e windows.
It’s time to replace a bunch of siding, as the bottom is rotting where it is close to the deck (rain splashing up in the summer, and constant snow contact in the winter, my guess).
The house has always leaked air — not enough to get frost on the outlets, but quite a bit, and its always had a rodent problem. (It’s only 100 feet from the house to fields in 3 directions.)
I’m looking for suggestions on tightening it up. I’ve considered going to a taped plywood, or Zip sheathing, but really dread the thought of removing all the window trim and windows.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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