We need advice about new siding for our 1890s house. The house has 4 layers of siding (from the newest to the oldest): 4. aluminum;
3. thin boards of some kind of material (might be asbestos based);
2. wood shingles; 1. original wood clapboard.
We are thinking of updating exterior of the house and making it look more appropriate to the time it was built. We sure want to remove aluminum but not sure about the rest of the layers. One of the builders we asked said that the wood layers are not in a good condition to be exposed and suggested to remove all of the layers+put house-wrap + new fiber cement siding. The house has rock stone foundation and dirt floor crawl spaces under some areas. The house is located in the suburbs of New York City.
Please-please help us to do it right.