Your siding forms part of your home’s first line of defense against the elements. To ensure rainwater doesn’t infiltrate your home, it’s important to have your exterior routinely inspected by a professional siding contractor. It would also be a good idea to learn more about the usual culprits behind common siding issues. That way, you can keep an eye out for siding damage. The sooner damage to your siding is fixed, the better.
Here are the usual culprits behind siding damage:
Wear and Tear
It’s important to choose a type of siding that can withstand your area’s climate. For instance, insulated vinyl siding is suited to rainy climates because it can easily shed rainwater and help prevent heat from leaking out. Moisture- and rot-resistant fiber cement siding would also be a smart choice for homeowners in rainy or temperate climates.
If you want to learn more about your siding options, you can consult one of your local contractors. Since they’re more familiar with the local climate and building codes, they can make better recommendations.
Remember: It’s important that you vet contractors before hiring them. That’s because rainwater can infiltrate siding if it wasn’t installed properly. Trapped or excess moisture can, in turn, create a host of problems for your exterior, the most problematic of which are mold and dry rot. (Contrary to what its name might suggest, dry rot is a fungus that usually grows on damp wood). Left unattended, what might have started as relatively minor siding damage can easily affect other parts of your home.
Here’s a vetting tip: The number of years a contractor has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
DryTech Roofing LLC, a company with over two decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services and a wide variety of premium siding options, including vinyl siding. To request a quote, call us at (240) 491-5600 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Maryland.