Installing a siding to your home makes it more durable. Siding protects your exteriors from weather changes and outside elements that might cause damage to your home. There are different materials you can use as siding such as wood, metal, fiber cement, and many more.
Vinyl is a popular choice for siding in homes. Vinyl siding comes in different colors and finishes to fit most homes. It’s also one of the most affordable siding options you can get for your exteriors.
But it may not be the most durable option for house siding out there. Here are some of the most common vinyl siding problems.
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Most vinyl sidings have UV protection. But this layer tends to fade over time, especially when it’s exposed to sunlight.
Aesthetically speaking, it’s alright if the whole siding is directly exposed to sunlight. But if there are only certain parts that get more sunlight than others, the discoloration may be bothersome.
Fading doesn’t affect the quality of your vinyl siding all that much. This is more or less just an aesthetic issue. But when left long enough, it could also cause your siding to start cracking.
Hail and Wind Damage
Hail and strong winds could cause dents on your vinyl siding. Minor impact from hail or wind is mostly a cosmetic issue as it could make your siding look old and worn out.
When objects like hail, branches, or balls hit a vinyl siding, they could cause cracking. And cracks on vinyl siding should be addressed immediately.
If not, moisture could crawl into your siding and cause further damage. Besides damaged siding, you might also have to deal with mold, leaks, and rotting.
While the roof seems like an independent and different unit of a house, it could also cause damage to your siding.
After a storm hits your area, it’s important to check your roof for any damage. Missing, curled, or cracked shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible. Moisture could get into these holes or cracks and affect your siding, too.
Bad installation is a common problem with vinyl siding. It cannot be installed too loose or too tightly as it expands and contracts with the weather. You have to allow for these adjustments to keep your vinyl siding in its best condition.
Vinyl siding that’s installed too tight may cause it to crack as it expands in hot weather and contracts in cold weather.
Vinyl siding that’s installed too loose may cause unwanted noises, especially during a storm or when strong winds are present.
One of the most common problems with vinyl siding is the noise. It does make noises that are considered normal, though. And this comes from it not being installed too tightly. Noise doesn’t always mean that your vinyl siding has problems.
But winds could cause vinyl siding to rattle and make loud noises that could be too bothersome. It may be a result of bad installation, in which case you should have it checked and repaired immediately.
As vinyl siding expands and contracts with the weather, you might also hear popping or creaking noises from it. If you live in an area where the temperature changes drastically from morning to evening, these noises could be a point of concern.
How to Fix and Avoid Vinyl Siding Problems
Just because your vinyl siding looks fine doesn’t mean it really is. There might be damage happening on the inside without your knowledge. Moisture is a problem that often goes unnoticed until it has already caused a lot of damage to your house.
Since vinyl siding cannot be installed with an airtight seal, it’s important to invest in a high-quality waterproofing material for your exteriors. This not only stops moisture from getting into your interiors but also makes your vinyl siding more durable.
If your house gets a lot of sunlight, make sure to invest in good-quality vinyl siding. Once a vinyl siding has faded, there isn’t much you can do about it. You can try to clean it when it gets dirty, but the faded color will remain. In this case, you only have two options—replace your vinyl siding or repaint it. Your paint shouldn’t be a darker color than the original, though, to avoid warping or buckling.
With hail and wind damage, there also isn’t much you can do. Hailstorms and strong winds can’t be avoided. If you have a cracked vinyl siding, it would be best to have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. The same goes for roof damage.
Prevention is always better than cure. It’s important to check up on your exteriors every now and then to make sure it doesn’t have any issues. It’s easy to miss minor issues if you don’t know exactly what you should be looking out for.
It might be best to hire a professional to make sure your house’s condition would be properly assessed. They could check for issues that need to be addressed. They could also give you advice on how to maintain your vinyl siding better.
Having professionals install your vinyl siding for you also helps minimize the damage you might encounter in the future. They know the best way to install vinyl siding on your exteriors to allow for weather changes.
The Bottom Line
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Vinyl siding is versatile, durable, and affordable. It’s a good choice for exterior siding, which is why it’s popular and widely used.
But vinyl is only one of many options for a house’s exterior. There are pros and cons to all siding materials, so make sure you do your research to find the best type of siding for your house.
Again, here are some of the most common vinyl siding problems you might encounter:
- Fading. It’s more of a cosmetic issue than anything else.
- Hail and wind damage. Minor impact is also more of a cosmetic issue. But when left unaddressed long enough, it could lead to cracking.
- Roof issues. Holes and cracks on your roof can cause moisture to seep into the cracks and get under your vinyl siding.
- Bad installation. Installing a vinyl siding too tight or too loose will cause problems like cracking or loud noises.
- Loud siding. Badly installed siding makes loud noises that can be bothersome.