The siding on your home is generally the only thing standing between the interior of your home and the elements. Each panel works together to create a complete system designed to keep out moisture and pests and to protect your home and your family. It’s often difficult for homeowners to tell how much damage is hiding between the siding and the drywall until the siding is removed. Unfortunately, once the siding is removed, it’s possible to see exactly how much wood rot there is in the framing of the home caused by years of moisture that continually seeped behind the siding. Vinyl siding is easy to maintain and extremely durable; however, sometimes even vinyl siding needs to be repaired or replaced. Fortunately, in most situations, the problems are easily fixed. Here are some tips on caring for your siding and knowing when vinyl siding repair or replacement is in order.
The majority of vinyl siding manufacturers provide a warranty for specific problems with their products for a period of time; however, they rarely cover structural or installation problems. Some of the most common problems with vinyl siding and the types of recommended vinyl siding repair include:
Most minor repairs, such as missing nails, can be repaired by the homeowner. However, if you suspect any damage behind the siding, it is important to have the structure and the current siding inspected by a professional siding contractor to determine the extent of the damages and the best way to make repairs.
The vinyl siding on your home does help improve your home’s curb appeal, but its aesthetic appeal isn’t your siding’s only job. The primary purpose is to prevent the elements from damaging the interior and exterior of your home. In order for your vinyl siding to perform its best, it is important to routinely inspect and maintain the siding as well as do any siding repairs as needed as soon as problems are identified.
Vinyl siding repairs are generally very minimal when the siding is properly installed and maintained. If you notice extensive damages to the siding, such as vinyl that is fading, cracking or allowing moisture to seep underneath, it may be necessary to replace the siding as opposed to making simple repairs. Older homes with original vinyl siding may also show signs of aging, which could include extensive cracking and missing panels; aged vinyl siding may need to be replaced to ensure the structure of your home is safe from the elements. The best way to determine the extent of damages to your vinyl siding and determine whether the siding should be replaced is to have a professional siding contractor thoroughly inspect the outside of the siding as well as behind it.
If you have questions or concerns about your vinyl siding or are ready to schedule a consultation for repairs or replacement of vinyl siding, contact Community Builders, experts in the Cedar Falls, Iowa area.