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Home Improvement / April 25, 2020
Vinyl siding has long been a favorite among homeowners for its durability and stylish flexibility. But, while most vinyl siding can last up to 60 years with good maintenance, there are a few common causes of damage that can shorten that lifespan significantly. Here are some of the most common causes of siding damage to be prepared for:
Vinyl expands and contracts with the temperature. While it can usually withstand normal seasonal changes in temperature, extreme temperature swings can present a problem for vinyl siding. Major heat waves can cause it to melt, while frigid cold snaps can cause it to crack – this process can also occur gradually over the years as your siding ages.
Naturally, large chunks of hail or wind-propelled projectiles can cause major damage during a thunderstorm. Not only can this create unsightly gashes, cracks or holes, but these openings can leave your home’s infrastructure vulnerable to bugs, moisture and other natural elements down the line. For this reason, it’s important to fix any punctures to your vinyl siding quickly.
Vinyl siding that is not properly sealed or installed can allow moisture in between the panels. Not only can this cause the vinyl itself to warp, but it can also eat away at any wood or carpentry underneath the siding, especially near your windows. If you’ve noticed water marks around the interior or exterior of your windows, make sure to call a carpentry professional to fix the damage and identify the source.
Sunlight can cause warping, melting and fading of your home’s siding. While melting and warping are much more immediate issues to repair, vinyl siding’s color can fade significantly within 10 to 15 years of installation, which can really affect the curb appeal of your home. If you’re looking to put your home on the market, consider replacing your siding to give your home the boost it needs to stand out.
From backyard little league mishaps to hot grill accidents, sometimes we’re our own siding’s worst enemy. While no one can predict or prevent all human error-related siding damage, here are a few tips to keep in mind to protect your siding:
Finally, the most common cause of vinyl siding damage is poor installation. In fact, almost all of these causes (except human error) can be avoided by having a professional tackle your installation or repair. This is because vinyl is extremely reactive to temperature and moisture; yes, this is a benefit, but only if the material is fitted and installed with the proper seals and backings required to protect it and your home for years to come.
This is why vinyl siding installations and repairs are really best left to experts who have experience working with the material.