Just a short note ’cause for some reason WordPress isn’t loading for me right now. Sigh; I miss my router.
But now, news! I’ve had several estimates on siding to repair/replace the cruddy cement stucco, mostly between the 2-3 thousand range. But yesterday I talked to a contractor that uses “Charter Oak” vinyl siding. This stuff is apparently Energy Star certified. And they’ll replace the gutters, soffit (that’s a Word Of The Day word for me) and any rotting wood will be replaced.
It’ll be almost twice as expensive, but (1) I’ll be able to earn the full $1500.00 Energy Star rebate, which “lowers” the cost, and (2) it looks like a better, longer-lasting product. And I don’t wanna deal with this ever again. Or at least not for a few decades.
Here’s a pic of the “Dutch Lap” siding. There’ll be styrofoam behind it….
UPDATE: per the Energy Star Web site, insulated siding may not be covered for a rebate. Herewith:
The IRS clarified in Notice 2006-53 that exterior siding does not qualify as an Eligible Building Envelope Component for purposes of the energy tax credit.
If you add insulation to the outside of your home, then new siding on top of it, the insulation would qualify for the tax credit, as long as it is separate from the siding.
Though a site that sells the stuff has another opinion (natch):
Tax Credit Details
The credit amount established by The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 is:
- 30% of the cost of the insulation, up to maximum of $1500.00 for all taxable years.
- Allowed only for amounts paid or incurred to purchase the insulation.
- Not allowed for amounts paid for onsite preparation, assembly, original installation labor, siding or sales tax.
- The purchase must be made during the taxable year for which the credit is claimed.
- Retroactive and with time limits, covering product in service after December 31, 2008 thru December 31, 2010.
I submitted a question to the Energy Star site asking if Energy Star rated siding qualifies, rather than just plain-old insulated siding; will update when they get back to me.
Either way? Found out a friend has the stuff on his place and thinks it’s decent. And I am hoping that this will dull noise a bit better than “regular” siding. Along with providing a nice selling point, whenever that happens. So looks like full speed ahead!