8 Top Causes of Siding Problems and How to Avoid Them

Algae on vinyl siding

It might not be the most exciting component of a home to talk about, but siding is an incredibly important barrier standing between the elements and everything you hold dear in your home. Unfortunately, siding doesn’t last forever, and the following are some of the most common siding problems that will cause it to be less effective.

1) Pests

If you’ve got wood siding, you know how pests can impact your siding, literally. Woodpeckers, for example, make themselves known with their incessant tapping as they work their way into your siding with their beaks, going after other pests. Carpenter bees are also a nuisance as they tunnel into wood and create nests. Termites will do the same, as will powder post beetles. These pests can also impact vinyl siding that is supported by underlying wood structures.

Insecticides can be used to fog these pests out. Hot water between 160-180 degrees can also be used to kill bugs. Using various types of eco-friendly products on trees at specific times of the year around your home can also prevent bugs from breeding and becoming nuisance.

2) Moisture

Moisture might not seem like a big deal when you’ve got vinyl siding, which many homes do, but behind that vinyl is a wooden support structure that will be impacted by moisture. When this happens, you’ll see it in your vinyl siding as it warps and buckles.

A waterproof membrane on the exterior of the home and under the siding can help keep moisture at bay. However, you also need to make sure your siding has proper airflow.

3) Bad maintenance habits

Despite the fact that most siding products being produced today is considered low maintenance, it still needs to be inspected. Homes that aren’t inspected will encounter problems that compound over time. What would have been a simple repair can turn into a complete mess when it is neglected.

Make sure you’re giving your siding an inspection every year and after every big weather event. Look for sealant cracks and exposed nails and other abnormalities. If you see something, contact a trusted siding contractor for a professional inspection.

4) Bad install

Unfortunately, not all siding installers are great at their jobs. A siding project that a homeowner thought they could rely on for decades will turn into a problem that just keeps on giving when the installers make shortcuts or mistakes caused by ignorance and inexperience.

Only choose a siding contractor with the references to back up their work. Make sure their previous jobs are of high quality and that their reputation is spotless.

5) Roof issues

Most roof issues are really tough to spot, even when you’re on the roof looking for them – unless you’re a professional, it’s just tough to see. However, if you have shingles that are cracked, damaged or missing, water will get under other shingles and pass over the underlayment, eventually finding its way under your siding where the moisture will compromise the integrity of your siding.

If your roof is old or if you’ve had some particularly nasty storms, have your roof inspected by a professional and prevent a roof issues from becoming a siding issue.

6) Weather

It really doesn’t take very sizable hail or other debris to wreak havoc on your siding. Most hail will range in size from a quarter inch to more than four inches. It can hit your siding at a high rate of speed, leaving visible damage in its wake. But there is also damage that you might not necessarily see that can also impact the effectiveness of your siding.

When you experience a storm with high winds where debris is getting whipped around or hail is pummeling your siding, call in a trusted professional to thoroughly examine everything. They might find small issues that can be fixed easily, or you might be contacting your insurance agent for a total replacement.

7) Fading

Exposure to sunlight can kill that once vibrant color in your siding. Ultraviolet light is the guilty culprit that causes discoloration in some places, making for an inconsistent look that is rather off-putting. That’s not the worst of it – the sun will also cause some vinyl materials to crack. You can guess what happens once your siding is cracked – yup, water damage to your home.

8) Loud siding

That’s kind of a funny couple of words put together there, but when siding is improperly installed, it will create noises, particularly as the temperatures fluctuate. If it’s installed too tight, it won’t have room to expand or contract, which means it will start making noises as it pushes against each other.

Siding repair contractor

If you’re hearing your siding “talk” to you, you need to call in a professional immediately and remedy the problem.

At VIS Exterior, our siding solutions will help you avoid all the typical siding issues that can be avoided. Should you experience some frightful storms, we’re the experts to call to inspect your siding. Furthermore, we’ve got years of experience expertly repairing and replacing siding of all types. We only work with the best materials, so contact us today and let’s talk about your siding needs.