Recently we spied two new cases of vinyl-vandalism.
The first case was spotted along State Street in Augusta Maine. The stately building houses a government agency so this project is probably part of some energy-efficiency program. Not that we are against saving energy, there are just many other ways that don’t junk up the neighborhood in the process.
The second case was spotted on Main Street in Newbury, Vermont. It appears to be a misguided residential owner, though some homes on the street have become commercial properties and were vandalized in the process. Also note the out-of-place McMansion style door.
One of the frustrating things about vinyl that is noted in both pictures is the odd effect created by the addition of the underlying insulation. This often causes the vinyl to stick out and rest flush with, or even beyond, the windows. So the windows can end up being recessed into the vinyl which ruins the aesthetics, especially when the insulation is applied over the old clapboard. In both these cases, the clapboard was at least removed first.
Longer term, the insulation can act like a vapor barrier trapping moisture in the walls of the house. Keep in mind, these old homes were designed to breathe so that extra moisture can be devastating. Worse case, your walls dry rot sending your home to a premature grave.
Additionally, the vandals in the process of putting up the vinyl will often destroy parts of the window trim–such as buzzing off the edge of the sill or ornamentation.