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As more and more homeowners decide to replace their older vinyl siding, we find that we're encountering some of the same problems over and over. We felt it would be beneficial to discuss some of these in hopes it helps you or someone you know.
Perhaps the biggest problem we regularly find is related in some manner to excessive moisture. Moisture related problems range from interior mold and mildew to rotting layers of old siding that shift the vinyl which was installed over it. We also see extensive structural damage, some of which existed and was simply covered over by the siding company. Moisture damage never gets better or goes away on its own. It must be repaired and then prevented or the structure itself continues to deteriorate.
One of the reasons that a vinyl siding job can appear to be cheaper is that the siding is typically just tacked up over the existing siding. Any and all problems beneath simply remain and continue to get worse. It looks good for a little while and often gives the homewowner a false sense of security while moisture and even termites continue to erode the sub structure. To make matters worse, because vinyl siding expands and contracts signficantly with the temperature, it has to be installed very loosly allowing even more moisture in.
All of the old siding must be removed. All of it. A sealed moisture barrier must then be installed. This not only seals out the moisture, it helps seal in the heated or air conditioned air inside. Then, and only then, can the new siding be installed. James Hardie siding is installed tightly and with precision. It keeps the moisture out as well as other unwanted intruders. We regularly encounter homes with resident varmits. We see everything from birds to squirrels. A quality siding job prevents this as well, vinyl just can't.
A rock thrown from a lawnmower or even a baseball can shatter the vinyl siding. A moderate gust of wind can dislodge a piece and distort it. Yes, the damaged piece can be easily replaced, sometimes even under a warranty. However, if the vinyl is more than a year or two old, it has faded and the new piece sticks out like a sore thumb. It can't be painted or matched.
There is one bit of good news for people with vinyl siding. It was easy to install, but it's also easy to remove. Of all the siding we encounter, vinyl is the easiest to remove because of the loose manner in which it was installed.
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