My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
No matter if a home has wood siding, vinyl siding, or cement fiber siding, each type comes with its own set of problems. Some problems are specific to the type of siding you have while others can affect any type of siding. What kind of siding do you have and what do you need to watch for?
Wood rot is a serious wood siding problem. If the wood is not properly painted or stained, moisture can get into the exposed wood. The constant drying from the sun and rewetting from rain causes the wood to break down and start to decompose. Another problem with wood siding is termites, ants, and carpenter bees. Fumigating your home from time to time can help prevent pests from munching away at your wood siding.
With vinyl siding, the vinyl can crack from years of exposure to the sun, which will allow moisture in and can cause mold issues and structural damage. It is very important to get cracked siding fixed as soon as you notice it. Also, after years of direct sun exposure, the color of your vinyl siding can start to fade. The only way to fix this problem is to replace the siding.
Cement Fiber Siding
One of the drawbacks to cement fiber siding is that the siding can absorb water. During rain, the water will sluice off the siding and does not cause any problems. However, sometimes, there are places where the water can stand and allows the siding enough time to absorb it. When this happens, it can cause the siding to swell and start to crumble. Also, in areas that have absorbed too much water the paint can start to peel.
Flashing is used to deflect moisture from around decks, dormers, window and doors. When flashing is not installed properly, moisture can seep into or under the siding. This can cause mold, mildew, and structural damage.
The fasteners used to secure the siding should be dipped galvanized fasteners. Anything other than that will usually rust and corrode over the years, which can lead to unsightly rust stains on the siding. The fasteners can also eventually rust through and break, causing the siding to fall off the wall.
Make sure to fix any issues as soon as you can and if you are in doubt about the way your siding appears, consult a professional (such as one from Don Snider Roofing). Staying on top of things before they can become major problems will save you a lot of money and stress.