Posted on: 21 July 2017
The siding on your home is designed to last for many years, and it plays a role in protecting the underlying structure from the elements along with insulating your house. Unfortunately, all types of siding are subject to wear and tear over the years. For this reason, you need to know what to look for as you inspect for signs of damage that signal a need for siding repair.
Watch For Cracks or Dents
Recently installed vinyl siding can usually withstand hail that is smaller than an inch in diameter. However, older vinyl siding along with the wood and metal types are all susceptible to hail damage that may appear as cracks, dents or holes. It is also possible for other objects to hit the exterior of your home and leave damage such as a tree branch or a kid's toy. Inspect your home after any major storm, and give it another check with the start of each season so that minor damage is repaired before it gets serious.
Inspect Wood Siding For Holes
Making sure that your wood siding has a fresh coat of paint, and your roof adequately protects the rest of the house from water damage helps prevent insect infestations. However, wood-boring insects do occasionally get into wood siding. Check along your siding for signs of an infestation. This will usually appear as tiny holes on the surface of the panels. Since pests such as termites tend to eat away at the wood underneath the paint, you may also tap on the siding to see if you hear a hollow noise. If you do notice a sign of an infestation, you will need to have it treated while also replacing any affected siding panels.
Check For Mold or Fungus Growth
Seeing stains along your siding is not just aesthetically-unpleasing, but it also means that moisture is somehow getting through the siding and getting stuck against the wall. Over time, it may drip out again and provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Inspect carefully along the seams of your siding since this is where this problem tends to occur. At the first sign of mold or fungal growth, call for repair to prevent the water from seeping even further and affecting the interior walls.
Taking care of your siding protects the whole house, and many siding problems are easier to repair when they are caught early. By giving your house's exterior a quick check each season, you can rest assured that your home is protected by an intact barrier that keeps out the weather and insects.Share