About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
The siding around your home serves an important purpose. It protects the walls and foundation of your house while also adding to the aesthetic appeal. So, it's important to keep an eye out for signs that it's time for siding repair or replacement.
Here are some common red flags that indicate you need to call in a professional.
Cracks and Splits
It's not uncommon to see small cracks and splits form in vinyl siding over time. However, if you start seeing larger, more numerous cracks — especially if they appear near seams — it's likely time for a repair or even replacement.
These larger cracks develop due to the expansion and contraction of siding due to changing temperatures. Left unchecked, they can cause more serious structural damage and even allow water to seep into your walls, causing damage and mold growth.
This is why you should call a professional at the first sign of trouble so that any potential damage can be remedied quickly. If you can, snap a photo of the cracked siding so you can show it to the contractor before they arrive. This way, they'll have a better idea of the problem before they even arrive.
Mold and Mildew Growth
If you notice discoloration on your siding or even patches of mold or mildew, it could be a sign of water infiltration from a crack or split in the siding material. Usually, most people will think the discoloration is just part of wear and tear and simply wash the area with soap and water.
However, this won't fix the underlying issue. In any case, undetected water infiltration can cause serious damage to the wood and structure of your home.
You'll want to have an expert come take a look as soon as possible to determine if you need repair work done or if the siding needs to be replaced entirely. They'll use special assessment techniques such as infrared imaging to determine where the water is coming from and how best to fix the issue.
Buckling or Warping
If you notice that certain sections of your siding are warping away from the wall, this is another indication that something isn't right. Warping often occurs when there is water infiltration due to damaged seals between sections of the material, which can lead to further internal damage if left unchecked.
In some cases, you may be able to fix the issue yourself without calling a professional, such as re-sealing any damaged seams. But it's always best to have an expert assess the situation first to determine how much work is needed.
To learn more, contact a professional siding repair service in your area.