Siding not only protects your home from the harsh Idaho elements, it boosts curb appeal as well. While vinyl siding of the past has gotten a bad reputation, its quality has dramatically improved over the years. Today, vinyl siding is a strong, durable product that is fade-resistant, insect-proof, and low maintenance. However, if your home has aging vinyl siding with a bad reputation, you may be noticing some problems that need to be repaired.
That’s why Pacific Home & Patio would like to provide you with a list of common problems to look out for with old Boise vinyl siding.
Warping & Buckling
Warping and buckling can occur when vinyl siding isn’t properly installed. Because vinyl siding expands and contracts depending on the temperature outside, it needs to be installed in a way that allows movement. To test the quality of your vinyl siding installation, you can try and move it. Vinyl siding should move slightly in either direction by a ½ inch. If it doesn’t, it’s been installed too tightly and needs to be reinstalled.
Due to its ability to expand and contract, vinyl siding isn’t designed to keep out water. That’s why a waterproof barrier is installed before the vinyl siding is put into place to keep out moisture. If your vinyl siding was installed without this barrier, your home could be in big trouble. Water that manages to get beneath your siding can cause rot, mildew, mold, and leaks.
Old vinyl siding can fade over time. Some areas of your home might get more sunlight than others, resulting in an uneven color, making your house look funny. While fading is more of a cosmetic issue than a restorative one, it’s important to keep in mind that faded siding can eventually crack, leading to bigger problems down the road.
Rain, snow, and objects can hit and damage your vinyl siding. This, in turn, can lead to cracked siding that needs to be repaired or replaced by a professional as soon as possible.
Vinyl siding isn’t supposed to make noise. Old, improperly installed vinyl siding can become noisy when it’s windy, hot, or cold outside. If your vinyl siding is installed too tight, you may often hear cracking, popping, or rattling sounds.
Vinyl siding is constantly exposed to the outside elements. This includes hail, rocks, and other flying debris. While damage can be limited to cosmetic issues, dents and chips can make your home look worn down. If your vinyl siding is getting old and looks unsightly, you may want to consider having it replaced by a professional Boise vinyl siding professional.
Pacific Home & Patio
If your home is experiencing any of these aging vinyl siding issues, it’s important to have them fixed as soon as possible. Waiting or putting them off can make things much worse, and more expensive to fix. If you would like the integrity of your vinyl siding evaluated, contact the Boise vinyl siding professionals at Pacific Home & Patio by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 376-0000.