Your home’s siding does more than just enhance the aesthetic appeal of your residence – it’s a protective shield against the elements, boosting the structure’s energy efficiency while preventing damage. However, like any other part of your home, it can develop problems. From fluctuating weather to aging and neglect, several factors contribute to these common siding issues. We highlight some of them below.
A hasty or unprofessional siding installation opens doors for future problems. This can affect crucial elements such as nails, flashing and underlayment, leading to water leaks or cracks in the siding. Also, poor installation can often lead to gaps between wall panels and loose siding panels, all of which can allow water and air to penetrate and affect your home’s interior.
Our area’s unique climate, which includes the periodic need for snow & ice removal, can also wreak havoc on your home’s siding. Extreme temperatures, heavy winds and pounding hailstones can cause significant damage to siding by loosening nails, warping panels and cracking the material. As temperature fluctuations expand and contract siding panels, they can lead to issues in flashing and underlayment, as well as gaps and crevices that allow moisture to penetrate the walls, accelerating deterioration. Hailstones can also leave small but damaging chips in the siding that, if left unchecked, can result in large holes and major damage.
Even the highest-quality siding requires regular maintenance. Regular maintenance involves cleaning the siding, checking flashing and caulking and looking for signs of damage. Without it, minor issues can evolve into significant problems, speeding up the deterioration of your home’s exterior.
Pest damage to siding can often go unseen, as it’s usually hidden deep within the walls. Termites and carpenter ants can eat away at wood siding or other organic materials, leading to rot, sagging, cracks, holes and other issues.
Signals Indicating Siding Problems
A few signs pointing towards potential siding problems include visible cracks or damage, peeling paint or loose wallpaper inside your home, unusually high energy bills or the presence of mold, mildew or fungus on your siding. A faulty gutter that leaks water on your siding and needs gutter repair is another indication.
The best line of defense against these culprits begins with professional installation and continues with routine check-ups and maintenance. It’s also important to keep an eye out for early signs of damage or wear.
Northeast Gutters and Remodeling Is Here to Help
Understanding the culprits behind common siding problems is the first step in preserving the integrity of your home. If your home needs professional attention, including roof replacement or gutter repair, don’t delay. Call Northeast Gutters and Remodeling at (860) 899-7878 or fill out this contact form to reach us. Let the professionals handle your siding issues for your peace of mind.