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1898 house in Southwest Yonkers. Thinking about vinyl siding. Is this a mistake?

Asked by , Yonkers, NY Wed Feb 18, 2009

The house was built in 1898, and is very nice on the inside. Right now the outside looks terrible, and the siding (possibly original) is in terrible shape. Like gutters falling down. I have to do something. Having gotten the quotes, I'm thinking of putting up vinyl siding that replicates the current house look (which has half round shingles, and a Victorian look) Is vinyl siding a mistake?

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It depends on the buyer of the home. A lot of buyers really like siding because it is energy efficient. Some people will only buy houses made of other materials. You should get started on repairs sooner rather than later so that you can start building equity. I'm surprised that house is still around though.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 21, 2014
As long as you are replicating the look of your home, I don't think you are making a mistake. Siding replacement offers the hghest return on investment in home renovations. Many companies offer detailed siding, trim and accessories to easily help you maintain its existing look. You will not only add value to your home, but you will save on heating and cooling costs because most companies include insulation with the install. My home was built in 1908 and I have experienced the same situation, Call me if you would like to discuss.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 15, 2009
Take a look at and look at the restoration of the 1897 home on the site.There is a nice description of materials used that replicate the look and feel of clapboard and shingles. Vinyl would look terrible and vinyl suffocates the wood underneath leading to dry rot.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 3, 2009
Judging from your question, I am guessing that your house is a Victorian? I wouldn't even consider putting vinyl siding on the house. For the simple reason that putting this kind of siding on an older home can make the house look plastic and not accentuate the exterior period details of the home. You could try beaded siding which would probably retain the antique look.

Good luck!

Robin Lynch
Keller Williams Realty Group
760 White Plains Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 18, 2009
Remodeling Magazine does a study every year to show which projects yield the highest return on resale value. Vinly Siding replacement is always at the top of the list every year. Exterior projects always yeild a higher return value on resale. However, an important factor is the character of the house. If the Vinyl destroys the character of the house, then don't do it. Even though its cheaper, you will regret it. Check out the link to the study.…

-Rey Hollingsworth Falu
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Houlihan Lawrence
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 18, 2009
Hi, If you are going to restore the exterior, the historically correct way of doing it is whatever the original siding is. Another example is if you change windows put the wood framed double pane windows, not vinyl. On the other hand vinyl siding is very practical and easy to maintain and in Yonkers doesn't need a permit. Aluminum siding does because it has to be grounded, that is just an FYI. I don't think it would be a mistake to use vinyl these days, especially if they replicate the original Victorian siding. Let's face it the amount of buyers looking for something historically correct are much less then those looking for practical these days.


Christopher Pagli
Associate Broker
Legends Realty Group
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