There are several situations that could lead to the need to replace one or a few pieces of siding. However, matching the siding is difficult due to discoloration and the original siding not being available anymore. The Board has no specific information about the original siding. However, there is a list of original installers on a paper inside the circuit breaker box of every unit and the siding installer is listed. Siding, Inc. was an original installer and their contact information is below.
SIDING, INC., 410-266-5546. "Fast, reliable, and does great work!" are the comments from an owner who had some siding replaced (by Rick) in February, 2009. Original siding installer for many homes in River Oaks.
The Vendors We Like page contains the names of other siding contractors.
If only one piece of siding needs to be replaced and the site of the replacement is a prominent spot, such as on the front of the house, try using a piece of siding from a less visible spot and replacing the siding in the less visible spot with the best matching new piece that you can locate.
The following information is from Scott Rayner, River Oaks resident and contact for POWER REMODELING (listed in Vendors We Like under Siding):
Tyvek's main function is water resistance and breathability. Adding this behind the siding does not help with insulating the home and, if not installed very well, can trap water behind the siding and still lead to the same issues.
Tyvek also cannot be installed with insulation on the exterior of the home or up against the plywood. Reason being is the "capillary effect" where water can get trapped between the Tyvek and insulation, compressing it and leading to vapor retention. In the instructions for Tyvek, it states that it is not intended to be used with insulation. Material such as Kingspan GreenGuard RainDrop is a breathable underpayment that can be used with exterior breathable insulation.
Insulation is found in the wall cavities between the studs. This became part of the building code around the early 1980s, so any home after that should have some in the wall cavity and more has been required as the years have gone by. However, depending on the age and how much insulation is present, insulation can settle and become less effective. The most effective way to insulate the walls of the home today without ripping out drywall and spraying more in the cavities is from the exterior behind the siding panels.
This is why the type of house wrap used is important to control breathability and water management behind the siding while adding a benefit of insulating the walls. Any siding no matter how high quality will get water behind it. Where the water goes is what needs to be managed better.
A house wrap that works with a breathable foam back insulated siding would be the best way to insulate the home and prevent water from getting behind the siding by creating support so warping waving and bucking occur less or not at all.