I just bought a house that was built in the 1950s. An addition was built in the 1970s. The main part of the house has cinder block construction with the addition being wood.

My neighbor, who has a vinyl-sided house, told me that her house is actually cinder block, too, but that previous owners put vinyl siding over the cinder block.

I'm noticing some cracks in the cinder block of my house that need to be repaired. I can also see where repairs have been done in the past, both minor (caulking) and some a little less minor.

What are your thoughts as to the benefits/drawbacks of putting vinyl siding over cinder block?

Part of me thinks it is like putting lipstick on a pig...you are just covering up repairs that need to be made. On the other hand, it sure looks good!

Thank you.