Common Siding Problems

Common Siding Problems

A properly installed and well-maintained home exterior will not only increase the curb appeal of the house, but it can also boost its resale value. Vinyl siding is one of the most common home exterior options because of its reliability, attractiveness, and inexpensive cost. No one can ever question its reliability, but even the best products will eventually encounter a problem or two.

Pre-Installation Issues
While vinyl siding may be water resistant, the walls of your home are not. Before any home exterior materials are put into place, a waterproof barrier should be placed on the wall where the siding will be installed. If the vinyl happens to get water or moisture behind it, your home will now be protected from water damage and mold.

Installation Issues
This common problem has nothing to do with the material itself, but how it is installed. Other siding materials, such as wood, are installed tightly up against the wall. Vinyl siding should never be installed this way because it will lead to warping and buckling of the material. To test vinyl, grab ahold of a piece that is hanging on your house and try to move it. If it doesn’t have a ½ inch give on either side, it is too tight.

Vinyl siding is known for withstanding wind conditions up to 110 mph. Extreme wind conditions such as these can cause the vinyl to flex since it’s not tightly fastened against the wall. Flexing siding material can become prone to disconnecting from the house. Avoid this by installing siding to go with the usual wind direction and not against it.

Vinyl siding is the most used and trusted siding material available in the U.S., but like everything, it will run into a problem from time to time. When your siding needs repair or replacement, rely on the professional installers at Preferred Exterior to get the job done. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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