Figure 01. Last year my company, New Dimension Construction, began restoring the exterior envelope of a neo-colonial home, in Millbrook, N.Y. The scope of work included tearing off an existing wood-shingle roof, replacing windows, and upgrading the siding and trim with more-durable materials. The house was only 28 years old, but poor trim detailing had caused the exterior cladding and windows to prematurely fail on many parts of the home. Making matters worse, the existing clapboard siding was not back-primed or installed on furring strips, which led to numerous issues with peeling paint over the years. Also, back-priming and the spot priming of end-cuts on the existing trim was not always done. For this story, I’m going to focus on a few of the trouble spots I encountered on this project—and continue to encounter on similar projects built around the same time period.
Figure 01. Last year my company, New Dimension Construction, began restoring the exterior envelope of a neo-colonial home, in Millbrook, N.Y. The scope of work included tearing off an existing wood-shingle roof, replacing windows, and upgrading the siding and trim with more-durable materials. The house was only 28 years old, but poor trim detailing had caused the exterior cladding and windows to prematurely fail on many parts of the home. Making matters worse, the existing clapboard siding was not back-primed or installed on furring strips, which led to numerous issues with peeling paint over the years. Also, back-priming and the spot priming of end-cuts on the existing trim was not always done. For this story, I’m going to focus on a few of the trouble spots I encountered on this project—and continue to encounter on similar projects built around the same time period.

Even though this house in Millbrook, N.Y. was only 28 years old, bad trim caused the exterior cladding and windows to prematurely fail on many parts of the home. Furthermore, the existing clapboard siding was not back primed or installed on furring strips. This lead to numerous issues such as peeled paint over the years.

Kyle Diamond for our sister site, the Journal of Light Construction, focuses on how his company New Dimension Construction restored the exteriors of this New York home. Diamond walks us through how to fix the troublesome spots he and his crew encounter and how you can solve similar problems you may face.

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