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Identifying Common Vinyl Siding Problems

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Completely replacing the vinyl siding on your home can cost as much as $20,000, or even more, depending on the size of your home and the type of siding used. Unfortunately, siding on a home is more than just decorative. It forms an important protective barrier over the more vulnerable skeleton of your home, providing protection against everything from moisture to the damaging rays of the sun. Because of this, problems with vinyl siding should never be ignored, and most issues should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Part of minimizing the costs of maintaining your siding and avoiding a costly total replacement involves regularly inspecting your vinyl siding for damage. Below, you will find a handful of common problems to be on the lookout for so that you can save on more expensive repairs in the future.

Does Siding Appear Warped?

Warped siding is without a doubt one of the most common issues that most homeowners will face. Warped siding takes many forms, but it is usually first noticed by gaps forming between vinyl siding sections that no longer perfectly line up. Warping is usually caused by direct sunlight heating up the vinyl and causing it to melt slightly, so it is particularly common in very warm areas or houses that are exposed to large amounts of direct sunlight.

If your siding is warping, then the damaged sections will need to be replaced before they allow moisture to seep behind them. If you find that your siding is warping often, even after previously replacing sections, then it may be necessary to consider siding of a lighter color or a more durable type. In extreme cases, it may simply be that your home is exposed to too much direct sunlight for vinyl siding to be a good siding choice.

Mold, Bubbling, or Constant Moisture

If water is getting behind your siding, then the siding has failed and at a minimum the damaged section will need to be replaced. There are many signs that water may be infiltrating to the wall behind the siding, but the most common are mold growing on the siding itself or the appearance of bubbling on the siding. A slightly subtler indication that something is wrong is a section of siding that appears to always be wet. If you notice that one part of your exterior wall is always wet, even long after rain, do not delay in attempting to locate the source of the moisture.

Direct Damage

Any form of direct damage on siding should be addressed immediately. This may include cracks or holes, which can occur from physical abuse, pests, or insects. Whatever the case, the damaged piece of siding should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent moisture from reaching the wall and causing even more damage. If there is no obvious source of the damage, you should investigate to determine if pests or other problems may be present.

For more information, contact a company like Custom Siding & Window Solution today.