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Old 12-05-2021, 08:42 AM   #1
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Default Replacing wood siding in the winter

Is it possible to replace siding in the winter? I have an area of about 7' wide by 12' high. Both the siding and the underlayment need to be changed. I have the siding and have primed it on one side. I suppose I could add a second coat of paint in the garage (which is around 50 degrees) before cutting and installing it? Is caulking a problem with our current daytime temperatures? (32 degrees on the shaded side of the house)

P.S. This job is available if anyone here is interested. I also have the underlayment onsite.
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Old 12-05-2021, 11:01 AM   #2
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Years ago, I put an addition on the house in mid winter. A different concrete mix for the foundation. Everything else , they just worked along. Stain instead of paint. They pre-heated caulk and roof sealer. Facing south helped.
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Old 12-05-2021, 11:32 AM   #3
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Donít use latex caulk at less than 40F. Silicone will work but keep it warm so it flows. Make sure there isnít a thin layer of ice (from air moisture) on the joint - the caulk wonít stick. You can use a hair dryer to melt the ice or wipe with a solvent to melt/remove the ice.

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Old 12-05-2021, 12:11 PM   #4
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On wood siding, prime all sides and any cuts (you can purchase a dauber of primer that makes that easy). Silicone caulking... be careful as some do not accept paint/stain which will be applied later as temperatures warm up.

If you can, cover the CDX with a HydroGap or comparable product rather than a Tyvek. It has raised spots on it that will allow for a gap that condensation will escape through... it lengthens the life of the siding, and applied architectural coating (paint/stain).

If you intend to use an oil-based stain like a Cabot OVT, make sure the primer and caulking that you are using is compliant with that product.
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Old 12-05-2021, 09:20 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by SailinAway View Post
Is it possible to replace siding in the winter?
New houses are constructed all year long.

As suggested above. Prime both sides.
Do note that most (not all) paint and stain are water based.
Some sort of barrier or wrap is usually placed before siding is put on.
As far as caulking. Read the labels and get the best.

On finding a qualified carpenter. Well. Good luck on that one.

But maybe there are some semi-retired experts on the forum that could provide some assistance.
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