Siding protects your home and gives it a pleasant appearance. However, even though siding is tough, it can be damaged by storms and other weather phenomena. Some of this damage is more noticeable than others. All types of damage can potentially cause serious problems if you don't make repairs promptly. Here is more information about how the different types of damage and what you can do about it.
Obvious Signs of Siding Damage
Siding needs to be completely intact so that it gives your home maximum protection against water and debris. After any storm or during the spring after the thaw, walk around your home and check the siding as well as your roof.
Completely missing, torn, or loose siding allows water to seep in and cause damage to the underlayment or even the wall itself.
Large dents not only look bad, but they also cause water to seep through the siding and potentially cause further damage underneath.
Water stains are a sign that you might have excess water runoff from your roof. If this runoff is strong enough, it could push against your siding and get underneath it.
Subtle Signs of Siding Damage
Even if your siding looks pretty good on the outside, you could still need to repair or replace it if you have some of the following problems.
Insects are good at finding ways underneath siding and setting up their homes there. Some insects, such as termites, will consume and destroy any wood material, including the wood in your siding and your walls.
Rotting wood weakens your walls and can allow moisture to enter the interior of your home. Often, you can't see this rot unless the siding is removed, but you may notice mold and other signs of moisture on the other side of the wall. Rotting and moldy wood also has a strong musty smell.
Chips and Dents
Chips and dents may not seem to be a big problem, but you should check them closely. Often, chips and dents are a result of your home being hit by debris or hail. If this debris hits your siding hard enough, it could cause cracks and let water through.
If you have a large area of damaged siding or your siding is decades old, have an expert come out and assess its condition. You may be better off replacing all of your siding rather than repeatedly fixing small sections. New siding also has a more uniform appearance that looks better. For more information, contact a roofing and siding expert for more information.
To learn more, contact a siding repair contractor.