5 problems that might affect the siding in your home.
There are parts of our house that we don’t pay attention to because we think they are rarely going to cause problems.
One of those parts is the siding in our home. Let us think that it is the barrier that protects us against the elements and “similar to the clothes” we wear every day. What would happen if we went out on a rainy day wearing a jacket with a hole in the back? We would get wet and feel a bit sorry to see a hole in our clothes. The same happens with the siding. It protects us from the elements, and helps maintain the structural integrity of the house.
Below are the most common problems of siding, how to prevent them, and what to do if they have already occurred.
When choosing a siding installing contractor, not all are created equal or provide the same service. One of the problems is choosing an installer based just on pricing. Low prices and low operating costs sound appealing. If mistakes are present, they will add up quickly.
It can produce more damage than we think. In many projects, we have seen errors in siding installs that have caused problems to the house’s structure. Repeatedly these problems are not visible until they have become large and expensive to repair.
A poor installation can negatively affect the life span of the material, and what’s underneath. We suggest that you carefully select your contractor.
Lack of maintenance
Siding brands boast that the materials they sell are low or no maintenance, but this in no way means that they never need maintenance, especially in harsh climates like Canada.
A simple annual maintenance program will prevent a lot of headaches (and your wallet will thank you too). An annual inspection can be done by a siding professional, or you can do it yourself. If you detect an anomaly, we suggest that you contact a professional to get to the bottom of the problem. Be alert if cracks appear in the sealant, or you see exposed nails, or holes caused by birds, or anything that has directly impacted the siding.
Living in Vancouver has its advantages. It certainly is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains and the sea and enjoys one of the mildest winters in the entire country. However, the winter comes with a lot of rain and sometimes snow. It is maybe the siding’s number one public enemy. Generally speaking, warping and buckling are the most common symptoms that indicate that moisture or water has penetrated the siding.
Problems originating in other parts of the house, for example: On the roof.
Some parts of your house don’t seem to be connected, but between the roof and siding, this connection is direct. If the roof is deficient, the siding may be affected.
The previous point (Lack of maintenance) applies to the roof too. It never hurts to do preventative maintenance; it costs little and pays a lot!
And finally, pest attacks
There are different types of wood insects or xylophages (from the Greek, that feed on wood), each with its characteristics and treatments. These insects attack and feed on the wood that can cause damage, and it is a problem if they infest the structure of a house, which can collapse.
In some cases, the presence of these goes unnoticed, and we only realize they are there when it is too late. Therefore, the best treatment for wood insects is prevention. Today some products incorporate repellent substances that will help us in this prevention.
In most cases, it is not the adult insect responsible for attacking the wood, but the larvae. Once deposited in the wood, they begin to gnaw and dig inside the wood, forming small tunnels.
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