Stop These 3 Costly Siding Mistakes

Updated: Jun 14

Most homeowners make these three mistakes that end up hurting their pockets in the long run, and most of the time, they don't even know the extent of the harm that's at hand. Not knowing is just as harmful as knowing and not doing anything about it. Don't let your home's curb appeal be ruined. Stay informed and make sure your investment is fully protected year-long.

Even though the weather in the Tr-Cities has been strange lately, summer is basically upon us! Which means, all the outdoor activities are back! Sprinklers are back in motion, the grass and flowers are growing beautifully, and the sunshine is back! Most homeowners dedicate time towards taking care of their lawns, gardens and home exterior during the summer. If you plan on spending time in your front yard or backyard, we encourage you to make sure these 3 items are on your summer to-do list.

1. Shrubs

Who doesn't love having plants, flowers, bushes and trees surround and adorn their home? After all, flowers are so lovely, and they help add major curb appeal to any home. The problem is that if you have thick shrubbery that is too close to the siding, it can create moisture issues that could potentially lead to mold or internal moisture, which damages the siding. The presence of moisture can also attract unwanted pests. Additionally, humidity has the potential of ruining your home's paint job, which could lead to substrate problems. Make sure to periodically trim back all shrubbery to prevent moisture and humidity from potentially lead to damage to your siding.

2. Sprinklers

Sprinklers are essential in any lawn these days, however, sprinklers are one of the top causes for siding damage. Allowing your sprinklers to hit your siding for long periods of time is not a good idea. Siding manufactures do recommend that you wash your house periodically, but they strongly advice against constant exposure to sprinklers. For example, we usually can tell right off the bat when an area of a wall is being hit by sprinklers because the paint usually looks slightly faded. In some cases, you can even see the spray marks. Not only is it ruining your homes curb appeal over time, it is also breaking down the layer of protection in the paint, while attracting unwanted mold and pests.

3. Gutters

It is imperative that you have a good quality gutter system that works properly. My knowledge in gutters is pretty limited, so I always advice our customers to have a gutter specialist company evaluate their gutter system when they are investing in new siding. The last thing you want is for water to seep behind your fascia, causing more damage. Make sure your gutters are working properly.

These 3 tips are imperative if you want your siding to live up to its expected lifespan, and if you want to avoid dealing with expensive repairs. Our company specializes in replacing fiber cement siding, however, I believe this information can be applied to most (if not all) siding types.

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