We have compiled the 10 most common vinyl siding problems in two parts that consumers should be aware of. This is part # 2 which lists problems 6 to 10. Problems 1 to 5 were previously posted here. These are very important issues when considering vinyl siding for your home or building, most consumers are not aware of many of these problems.
6. Insect Infestation: While vinyl siding is generally resistant to pests, certain insects like carpenter ants or termites can still find their way into the underlying wood structures. Regularly inspect the siding and nearby areas for signs of infestation, such as small holes, wood shavings, or the presence of insects. Consult with a professional exterminator to eliminate the infestation and take preventive measures to avoid future occurrences.
7. Thermal Expansion and Contraction: Vinyl siding expands and contracts with temperature fluctuations. Improper installation or the absence of proper allowances for thermal movement can result in buckling or warping of the panels.
8. Impact Damage: Vinyl siding can be susceptible to impact damage from hail, flying debris, or accidental contact. If your siding sustains impact damage, assess the extent of the problem and consider replacing the damaged panels. In some cases, repairs can be made using patching kits, but often replacement is needed.
9. UV Degradation: Extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause vinyl siding to degrade over time, resulting in brittleness, cracking, or fading. While you cannot completely eliminate UV exposure, choosing high-quality, UV-resistant vinyl siding during installation can help minimize the effects. Regular cleaning and maintenance, including applying a protective coating, can also prolong the lifespan of your siding.
10. Poor Drainage and Water Accumulation: Inadequate drainage or improper installation can lead to water pooling behind the siding, which can cause water damage and mold growth. Ensure that your gutter system is functioning correctly, directing water away from the siding. Regularly inspect the siding and address any drainage issues promptly, such as by adding weep holes or correcting the slope of the siding.
While vinyl siding offers some benefits, it is not without its share of potential problems. One alternative to those looking to repair or replace their vinyl siding is steel siding which offer superior protection and is not prone to many of the weaknesses vinyl siding is. If you are having problems with your vinyl siding and would like to learn more about the benefits to steel siding, we encourage you to give us a call and schedule a time for an on-site visit to show product samples and go over the many benefits customers have has with Steel siding.
MAXWALLPRO’s Steel Siding Systems are virtually maintenance-free, cannot be easily damaged, and do not fade with time. Our life-time warranty is transferable – if you sell your home the warranty stays with your home. The investment of a MAXWALLPRO Steel Siding System installed on your home or building is one that you will not regret, unlike vinyl siding which is pretty much destined to fail.