3 Tips To Help Identify Damaged Siding And The Repairs That Are Needed

Posted on: 17 September 2017

The siding of your home may be damaged by a lot of different things, such as wear, rot, or being struck by debris in a storm. All siding materials are subject to some of the common problems with siding exterior finishes. If you want to prevent further damage to your home, it is important to be able to identify some of the common damage. Here are some tips that will help you identify the problems that cause damage to siding:

1. Replacing Rotten Pieces of Siding Around Your Home

There are many types of siding materials that are subject to rot. Some of these materials include particle-board type siding on older homes and wood siding products. To prevent rot, mold and water damage from spreading into your home, the damaged planks of siding need to be replaced. Look for signs of rot on siding, such as the bottom of the siding becoming deformed or chipping away. When the materials are soft to the touch and you can push your finger in them causing a dent; this usually means that there is a rot problem beneath the surface.

2. Refastening Loose Pieces of Siding That Are Falling Off 

Almost all types of siding can have a problem with planks of siding falling off walls. When the siding is falling off your home, it may be caused by problems like rot, improper fastening, and settling of your home. The fix for falling siding is usually simple; it only needs to be refastened to the wall. It is best to have a professional siding service do these repairs to ensure they are correctly done and address any other issues like rot the may be hidden beneath the surface of the siding.

3. Repairing Flashing and Caulking That Causes Leaks Behind Siding

The damage to the siding on your home can also be invisible but causing water damage inside the walls and interior of your home. It is important that caulking is replaced regularly to ensure that there are no leaks. In addition, you want to make sure that the flashing that is installed around the siding of your home is in good shape and not causing leaks and water damage inside your home.

These are some of the common causes of damage to the siding on exteriors of homes, which will need to be repaired to prevent further damage. Contact a siding repair contractor and talk with them about the best options for repairs and improvements to protect your home. 

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