How to Keep Water From Getting Behind Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding is one of the best water resistant siding options you can get. This material is resistant to rain, snow, and ice which makes it a great choice to protect your home with. However, it is possible for water to get behind the siding if it’s not installed properly.

Bottom to Top
Rain will hit the roof and make its way down your siding until it hits the ground. As gravity takes over and pushes the rainfall downwards, you better hope your siding was installed correctly. Vinyl siding should be installed from the bottom up with the each top piece overlapping the one below it. This will ensure no rainfall can drip into the seams.

Accessorize First
When new siding is installed, accessory pieces will need to be placed around window and door frames. These accessories should be installed first before any siding is hung on the house. Doing this will prevent any water from dripping between the siding and vulnerable gaps where accessories are installed.

Lap Joints
When the side of your home is longer than 16 feet, a second strip of siding will need to be installed which creates an overlap. You’ll want to install the first piece closest to the back and the second piece on top of it towards the front so the lap joint isn’t visible from the street. However, you’ll want to figure out if your property is subject to a constant direction of wind. Install siding and lap joints so the wind goes with the joints, not against it.

Even though vinyl siding is resistant to water, it needs to be installed properly because your home can still be affected by water damage. When you need your home’s siding repaired or replaced, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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