If you’re a homeowner, then you might be familiar with the problems that come along with roofing installation and roofing materials. Shingles could fall off, holes could appear, and expensive leaks can suddenly develop.
While roofing materials problems are common, so are issues with siding. Siding helps protect your home from the elements, but it’s also the perfect way to draw people’s attention to your home. Sometimes, though, it’s inevitable to deal with issues related to residential siding. Some of these problems are easy to fix and many of them are extremely common.
First, you might notice that your siding is fading. This is probably due to your home’s exterior constantly being exposed to direct sunlight. Areas of your home that are not always exposed to the sun will definitely last longer and hold up longer than the ones that are. Because certain sides of your home will receive more sunlight than others, this can make your home look a little uneven over time. Not only does it impact the cosmetic value of your home, but it can also impact the financial value and curb appeal of your home. In fact, old, worn siding can contribute to a loss of up to 10% of your home’s value. Make sure that all of your siding’s colors are consistent if you’re looking to sell your home.
Another common problem is that you might find your siding to be warping or buckling. If you have wood siding on your home, it should be firmly attached to its base. However, if you have vinyl siding, there’s a chance that it might get a little bent out of shape. If your vinyl siding is attached directly to your home, you’re going to have a problem. Vinyl siding attached directly to your house is one of the leading causes of buckling and warping. Hang your siding from tiny fasteners to prevent this from happening.
Finally, you might notice that your house seems to be making a lot of noise. You know that it isn’t from the house settling or from anything else happening inside. It is probably from the siding. Yes, siding can make a lot of noise if something isn’t right. If your vinyl siding is attached to the home too tight, it won’t have any room to expand or grow, thus causing popping or cracking noises to occur. You may even hear a rattling noise, which could mean that the fastener isn’t attached properly.
If you notice any problems with your siding, know that it’s probably extremely common. If you have any of the problems listed above, the fixes are easy and won’t take up a lot of your time.