Residing with Vinyl Siding: Installing Vinyl Siding over Existing Cedar Siding

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Tom Kraeutler
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My house has cedar wood lap siding which looks good, but the north side of the house takes some pretty rough weather.  I don't want to repaint again, but I wonder if it would be okay to put either vinyl or metal siding over the cedar wood lap siding?  I'm thinking it might act as sound barrier if I kept the old siding on but I'd probably have to put on a plywood sheathing first for it to be a smooth surface.  Can you tell me if this idea is practical or economical?