Siding is a key component of your home’s exterior. As a homeowner, knowing the causes of common siding problems can help you anticipate or even prevent potentially costly repairs. In today’s post, the local roofers at D & M Roofing share the top culprits of common siding problems.
Wood absorbs moisture. Combined with temperature changes, it can result in warping and rotting, as well as allow algae to grow on the surface. If your home has wood shakes or plank siding made of wood, you should invest in a regular maintenance routine that includes repainting or restaining. Alternatively, have your siding painted by professionals. Another alternative is investing in low-maintenance siding options like vinyl siding.
Siding, like roofing systems, needs regular care and maintenance — even low-maintenance siding. Many people mistake “low maintenance” for “no maintenance” and end up neglecting their siding. This often leads to situations where the siding ends up needing extensive repairs and without warranty coverage, because maintenance is one of the conditions of their continued coverage. The good news is, low-maintenance siding requires little time and effort to maintain.
Installation errors can cause issues like leaks and parts of the siding falling off. Hiring a siding contractor with a good track record will mostly take care of the problem. It won’t hurt to cover your bases by making sure your siding is covered by workmanship warranties, or at least a quality guarantee from the contractor. A responsible siding contractor will perform a thorough multi-point quality inspection once installation is completed.
Direct exposure to sunlight can result in gradual degradation from exposure to UV rays, which can result in faded colors to brittleness of the siding material. If at least one side of your home is receiving lots of direct sunlight, investing in UV-resistant siding is a good investment. White or light-colored siding is naturally reflective and can help reduce the effects of UV rays. Lastly, trees and patio covers can provide shade that can block direct sunlight.
D & M Roofing is your leading provider of roof repairs and siding installation services. Give us a call at (330) 621-5408. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Canton and Akron, OH, as well as the surrounding communities.