What Shape Is Your Siding In?
On the long list of things to maintain in your home, siding is usually at the bottom of the list. While high-quality, professionally installed siding can last many years, there are still issues that can surface that you should watch for, address, and have repaired. Don’t let these problems go for too long as they can cause a lot of trouble and expense down the road. To keep costs low and your home in good shape, we’ve put together a few tips on identifying siding issues early before it’s too late.
Possible Siding Issues
What kind of siding do you have? Vinyl siding tends to have fewer issues than wood. Vinyl can warp in the heat, fade, and is susceptible to weather damage such as hail or high winds.
Wood siding can have issues, too, especially in an area like Baltimore.
- Pests – Being a natural material, wood can attract a variety of pests, from beetles and termites to woodpeckers.
- Moisture – While it’s designed to keep moisture out, siding can rot or mold in damp climates if it’s damaged.
- Peeling/fading – After a while, some siding may fade or even peel, especially in locations of bright sunlight.
- Roof problems – Issues with your roof can have a literal trickle-down effect on your siding.
- Loud – If your siding creaks a lot or makes noise, especially as the temperature changes, it may have been installed too tightly.
Addressing Siding Issues
The good news is many siding issues, if addressed early, are easily avoided and repaired. Start with making sure you use a great contractor to properly install your siding. Check your siding thoroughly at least once a quarter and after any major storms. Look for any of the above issues. If you spot anything amiss, contact your installation contractor or an equivalent expert to repair it.
It’s as easy as that! With a little diligence and knowing what to look for, you can keep your siding in tiptop shape for years to come. At Badger Contracting, we can take care of all your needs. Contact us today for an inspection!