Vinyl siding provides your home with a sturdy and attractive exterior layer. However, even though most vinyl siding manufacturers promise a maintenance-free product, there are still certain siding problems that could affect the performance of your siding. These are the most common issues that could impact your vinyl siding.
If your siding is not installed properly, water damage can occur in behind, which will cause it to warp or buckle. Vinyl siding has a unique design and your contractor must be aware of the unique installation requirements unique to this product. If it is installed too tightly, this could also cause the product to warp or buckle.
Vinyl siding in itself is not waterproof. A waterproof layer must be installed over the exterior of your home, prior to installing the siding. This barrier is the key to keeping moisture issues at bay.
Mold or algae
Mold can appear on your vinyl siding as a white or gray powder with tiny specks of black. Typically, mold will grow in areas that do not receive direct sunlight. Algae will occur as a mostly black, brown or green discoloration in those same damp areas. To prevent mold and algae, trim or eliminate vegetation that touches your home, possibly trapping moisture.
If the flashing is not installed properly it can cause damaging leaks behind your siding. When it comes to vinyl siding, special trim pieces must be placed around the edges on your siding and around structural elements such as doors and windows to ensure your exterior is sealed from potential moisture.
Noise can become an issue if your vinyl siding is too loose. You don’t want too tight of a seal against the house, but loose pieces can result in unpleasant noises, like clattering or squeaking in the wind. However, with careful installation and preparation, you should be able to avoid this issue.
For any questions or concerns you may have about siding installation, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Alberta Sound Exteriors today 780.430.9353.