Problems that Can Shorten the Life of Your Siding

Andy Lindus
Written by Andy Lindus
Updated July 11, 2014
a house with grey siding and white trim
Redirecting water away from your siding is very important. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lance M. of Buffalo Grove, Illinois)

One highly rated service provider explains what to look out for.

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If your house were a living and breathing organism, siding could be likened to skin because it protects the interior. Much like how lack of sleep, too much sun and an unhealthy diet can cause one’s skin to age rapidly, there are several reasons siding can age quicker than it should. 

Here are five things that can shorten your siding’s lifespan.

1. Water damage

It’s crucial that your gutters are in good working order so that water is redirected away from your home and not pouring onto your siding every time it rains. Cracked siding can cause water to penetrate behind the siding, which, over time, can cause harm to your home.

2. Large trees

Oversized shade trees are a point of pride on most properties. However, when they’re planted too close to a home and branches are not trimmed, property damage can occur. Trees branches rubbing up against your siding can cause it to wear out quicker than it normally would. In addition, if a strong windstorm comes through, it can cause a tree to fall on your home, inflicting costly damage.

3. Amateur hour

Most of us wouldn’t have a problem visiting a cosmetology school for a facial at a reduced rate. Even though it may not be perfect, the price is right! However, we’re willing to bet that far fewer people would redeem a free tattoo offer by someone who “thinks” they’ve got the hang of it. 

The same thought process can go for siding. Siding is one of the most prevalent characteristics of a home and a significant investment. Do you really want to leave it to chance by entrusting such important work to just anyone with a pickup truck and a toolbox? 

4. Climate consideration

A siding professional can be a great resource for consulting on the types of siding that make the most sense in your climate. Have you ever noticed that properties in tropical climates trend towards lighter siding? That’s because lighter shades absorb much less heat than darker ones. 

A perk to this is a savings in energy bills, especially in the summer months. Curious to see how the siding will hold up down the road? Ask your sider to share addresses of previous customers to get a feel of how the material will withstand the test of time.

5. Neglect

From time to time, dirt can cause your home’s exterior to look worn and run-down. Routinely washing your home’s siding can keep it looking its best. Be mindful that cleaning strategies vary by product. Consult with the installing contractor of the manufacturer to ensure that chemicals and manner of cleaning do not void your warranty.

As of July 11, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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