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What You Need To Know: Vinyl Siding Maintenance Issues

Home improvement projects can be pricey, so it’s understandable when homeowners look for ways to save money. A popular choice is vinyl siding instead of using more expensive materials like wood or brick. It’s a great product that can handle pelting rain, wicked wind storms, and swings in temperature, but vinyl siding is not without its maintenance issues. Here are some things to keep in mind! 

The Most Common Problems

Some of the most common issues vinyl siding presents are the following: ​​

  • Warping, particularly down low near the ground
  • Bulging, wavy, or uneven pieces
  • Cracks or chips
  • Gapping
  • Loose panels
  • Chalky texture
  • Water stains or mold

This list is not exhaustive, but you get the idea. One of the best things you can do is schedule an annual reminder for yourself to walk the perimeter of your home and visually inspect your vinyl siding. Look for evidence of the items listed above, and make note of anything else that concerns you.

Find A Professional Installer

One of the biggest mistakes people make with vinyl siding is having it installed improperly. Spend time and find a professional installer, one who knows what they’re doing. This can help you avoid problems down the line, including inside. For example, if you find peeling paint or your wallpaper is bubbling, it could mean there is a problem with your exterior siding that could lead to mold or rot.

Is Your Home Properly Waterproofed?

You might be thinking, “I thought we were talking about siding?” We are! This is why it’s essential that you make sure your home is waterproofed correctly, especially the flashing around doors and windows. Moisture is one of the most significant contributing factors to issues with siding, and it can lead to expensive problems down the line.

Check Reflections From Neighboring Windows

This is something you might have never thought of, but sunlight bouncing off your neighbor’s windows can have negative consequences for your vinyl siding. It can cause it to warp or even melt in some instances! An easy fix is to ask your neighbors to install window screens to help diffuse the light. But if that’s not an issue, landscaping can also help fix the problem. Look for fast-growing trees or shrubs to block out any reflection you’re getting. 

If you are considering building a custom home in the Marion, Cedar Rapids, or Iowa City area, please consider Dahl Custom Homes for your needs. We are experts at custom home construction and would love to discuss your project in more detail. 

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