Knowing what causes common siding problems can help you get ahead of or even prevent costly repairs. In today’s post, local general construction company Timberland Exteriors shares the top four culprits behind common siding problems.
1. Moisture — When wood absorbs moisture, it swells and increases the rate of expansion and contraction from temperature changes and leads to warping. Moisture can also make the wood hospitable to the type of fungi that causes dry rot. This is why wood siding has higher maintenance requirements compared to other types of siding. If you need low-maintenance options without sacrificing the beauty of wood, consider James Hardie® siding.
2. Neglect — Many people mistake “low-maintenance” for “no-maintenance” and end up neglecting their siding. Neglecting siding maintenance can result in the siding needing extensive repairs. It can also end up without warranty coverage because lack of maintenance is usually counted as an exception that can void a warranty. The good news is, low-maintenance siding does not take much to clean and maintain — all you need is a few hours in a single afternoon to keep your siding in great condition.
3. Installation errors — Installation errors can cause problems like leaks or siding boards falling off. This is why you should take the time and effort to find the right home remodeling contractor for your siding replacement. While proper installation can help prevent such problems, you should also make sure that your siding contractor’s limited warranties include workmanship coverage.
4. UV radiation — Most types of materials suffer gradual degradation when exposed to UV rays, siding included. Some types of siding fade and become brittle over time, while others have UV-resistant coatings that help prevent fading. Strategically placed trees, patio covers and other objects that provide shade can help block direct sunlight and preserve your siding.
Timberland Exteriors is your leading provider of exterior home remodeling services. Give us a call at (651) 374-9858 or (218) 514-5177. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Minneapolis, MN, and the surrounding communities.