Maintain Your Siding on Your Home This Spring
As the weather gets warmer, it’s a prime time to perform a siding checkup on your Long Island home to see how the exterior of your home has held up through the winter months. Siding may be something you take for granted, but a thorough springtime inspection can help identify problems that could lead to major repair costs if not taken care of right away.
Vinyl siding is an ideal choice for homeowners who are cost-conscious and are looking for a low maintenance choice, but low maintenance isn’t necessarily no maintenance. Vinyl siding can be subject to physical damage from hail, twigs, branches, rocks, storm debris and even the occasional football that hit your house last autumn. Check the exterior of your home for dents, nicks, holes, and cracks. Keep an eye on older vinyl siding, which tends to be more brittle.
Other Siding Issues to Check For on Your Home
Another element that can hurt vinyl siding is heat damage. Excessive heat can cause the siding to buckle or ripple. If you notice your vinyl siding has started to sag or buckle, it’s a sign that you need to get it repaired. The damage can be caused by reflected sunlight or poor installation. Watch out for fading color as a sign that your siding is becoming sun damaged.
Water damage is also an issue that can cause problems for your siding and your home. If you notice stains on your siding, leaks, or water buildup; these may be a sign of water damage. While the face of vinyl siding itself is waterproof, vinyl siding is not meant to be a complete solution for potential water damage.
Your springtime siding inspection should also include a check for stains. There a lot of ways stains can be responsible for damage to your home. Look out for mold or algae stains which can be green, brown or black. In some cases, cleaning the stain might just be a matter of using simple soap and water. But sometimes, lab testing to identify the source of the problem might be needed. There are other solutions for heavy algae stains that usually present themselves in the areas of your house that receive mostly shade during the day.
One very obvious sign that your siding may be in need of repair is if you notice loose or missing siding on your home. Check to see how secure your siding is. Remember, loose siding increases the chances of water seeping in and damaging your home and it should be fixed immediately.
Spring Checkup for Stucco Siding
Stucco siding is a cost-effective way to beautify your home. It also doesn’t need heavy maintenance, but there are things you should look out for. According to an article from the International Association of Certified Home Inspection, the most common problem in a stucco home is moisture damage. Water can seep in from the roof, door openings or due to excessive ground water. Condensation, vapor, and humidity can also cause problems to stucco walls. Look for missing sections of stucco, soft areas or places where the wall may be bulging or cracked. Advanced testing is often required. This usually involves drilling small holes to check for water damage. When problems are found, very often it may be fixed with a patch rather than a full-scale replacement of a wall area.
Whatever type of siding you have on your home it’s important to make sure that it’s well maintained. If you have vinyl or stucco siding and need repair or are considering installing new siding, Dormer Doctor should be your first phone call. We’re licensed in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and fully we’re insured. Call us now at (631) 335-4663 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment and free estimate.