Since there are many different types of siding, some problems may or may not exist for you. However, if you give your siding regular maintenance and care, your siding can last for years to come.
Here are some common siding problems and tips on how to prevent them!
What a Pest!
Since we share our outdoor space with other living creatures, it’s possible that you may come across a pest problem at some point, especially if you have wood siding. Creepy crawlers like termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles and carpenter bees, like to make nests in wood causing damage. Here’s what you can do to keep pests from making your home theirs:
- Remove standing water in gutters
- Clean out gutters regularly
- Keep soil and wood stacked away from siding
- Remodel with vinyl, cement, or aluminum siding
Harsh weather, too much sunlight exposure, or the impact of heavy objects and debris could potentially cause cracks in your siding. Cracks in siding can be an easy way for moisture to work its way into the frame and walls of your home. While you can’t control weather or the sun, here are some tips to avoid fissures in your siding:
- Keep heavy objects away from siding
- Cut back tree limbs
- Don’t plant shrubs close to siding
One of the most preventable problems with vinyl siding is melting. Here’s what you should keep at a distance:
- Barbecue Grills
- Torches for DIY projects
- Portable Heaters
- Other heated tools
Rotten to the Core!
Moisture that gets into wood siding can cause rotting, mildew and algae that can cause problems inside your home too. Make sure the waterproof barrier to your siding has been installed properly. Depending on the climate in which you live, consider discussing the best type of siding for your area with a professional contractor.
Whether you need to repair or replace your current siding, Preferred Exterior can help! With decades of siding installation experience, we can handle all of your siding needs. Contact us to learn more about our siding installation services!