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We recently purchased and moved to a house in Oakland. The previous owner had the siding (shiplap style, some horizontal and some vertical) repainted prior to listing the house, maybe 8 -10 months ago. On the southern side of the house the boards have contracted and the caulk has cracked open very noticeably. On the other sides the cracks are somewhat less noticeable but still there. Not sure if this type of siding should ever have been caulked. I need to know if I should do anything now before winter rains come.
Should I remove old caulk and re-caulk and paint? Should I leave the old cracked caulk but repaint in order to 1) allow moisture to move in/out and 2) for cosmetic appearances. If re-caulking is the solution then what would be the best type to use?
Also, perhaps related, some of the boards have “bubbles” under the paint - a moisture issue, though there’s been no rain here for over 8 months.
Thanks for the help.
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