Replacing siding on an old Toronto house
I need to replace the siding on my house. I’ve read through this article, but still have some questions:
The house, a small semi-detached, is about 100 years old, brick on the first floor, plaster walls throughout the second floor, which is the one that has existing siding. The existing siding is a kind of asphalt shingle on what looks like fibrous cardboardy material. It looks like this was put directly on top of old wood shingles. These asphalt shingles are in bad shape, which is prompting the project.
I would like to take the opportunity to insulate the walls from the outside with rigid foam, but I’m not sure how to go about it, especially given the age of the house and the plaster on the inside walls (I get the feeling the plaster will have implications for moisture control since it’s impermeable).
I can’t replace the windows as well as this will definitely go over budget but I also don’t want that sunken window effect and I get the feeling that installing J or C trim correctly might be challenging for a lot of contractors.
My thought is to rip out all the old siding, put XPS and aluminum siding on top. I don’t know what to do regarding any barriers and whether anything needs to be able to dry.
What would you suggest?
Thanks very much,
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