Curb Appeal 101: Perfecting Your Siding

There’s nearly no other season that homeowners play such a large emphasis on curb appeal than springtime. It’s not a surprise that your exterior siding comes in relation to curb appeal, and vinyl siding happens to be one of the most popular options in New England. It also offers a whopping 81.7% ROI!

When it comes to vinyl siding maintenance, you’ll be happy to hear that there is not a lot involved. Here are some tips to make sure your siding is in good shape for Spring. Next time you search for Siding Replacement or Contractor Near Me, read this checklist first!

Check for Signs of Moisture Damage

This is one of the more ominous issues when it comes to your home exterior.

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Moisture damage will directly impact the siding performance. However, vinyl siding is a non-porous material. This means that water will not penetrate the exterior and cause problems like rot.

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With wood siding, it’s a different story. You may see holes in your siding too. You will need to look for signs such as:

  • Chunks of the exterior have crumbled away.
  • The wood is soft and the screwdriver sinks into it the last time when you push it into the wood.
  • There is mold, mildew or algae growth present.
  • The siding is dry rotting.
  • There are bubbles in your siding.
  • The siding seams are popped out of place.

Since wood is an organic material, this makes it is a good source of food for insects. The bad news is that it can ultimately end up destroying wood siding. This is why many homeowners choose to switch from all wood siding to new vinyl.

The better news is that there are plenty of options for vinyl siding that looks like wood, all without the worry of moisture damage and wood rot.

Look Out for Termite and Insect Damage

When it comes to replacing siding on a house in the spring, you’re doing yourself a favor by deterring insects. Our vinyl siding is treated to repel insects, even termites!

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According to Progressive Foam, “Termites destroy wood in foundations, walls, and roofs of houses, and the damage they leave behind can be an expensive and difficult task. Most people aren’t aware of the damage caused by termites until it is too late to eliminate them.” We incorporate a termite inhibitor in our insulating foam for several reasons:

  1. Termites will tunnel through ordinary foam insulation for shelter.
  2. Insects are undetected behind your siding so they can have easy access to the wooden parts of the home structure.
  3. The tunnels that termites leave behind damage the insulating value of the foam and compromise its strength of the foam.

All it takes for a termite infestation to begin is an entry point of 1/32”. If your old wood siding is filled with holes or loose panels, it’s inviting these pests to further destroy the exterior.

Meanwhile, termites need a warm and moist environment to thrive. Wet wood siding serves as a haven. However, if moisture is found behind the panels of old vinyl siding, an infestation can still begin. Remember that termites tend to gravitate to untreated wood siding.

Don’t forget that termites aren’t the only pests to worry about with wood siding! Carpenter ants are more than happy to make a home out of your wood siding as well.

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The signs of termite and insect damage on wood siding include the following:

  • Buckling wood
  • Termite swarms
  • Termite tunnels
  • A strange smell in your home that is similar to mold or mildew
  • Holes in the wood
  • Swollen walls, floors, or ceiling
  • Your wood siding looks like it has a hint of moisture damage
  • You may find peeling paint or loose wallpaper in your home

Tip: Foamback siding does more than just save energy; it protects your home from insect damage.

Do Not Pressure Wash Your Vinyl Siding: Try This Instead

Many homeowners ask how to clean vinyl siding. What is the correct way to wash vinyl siding in the spring?

There is one warning that we need to make clear: it’s a bad idea when it comes to pressure washing a house with vinyl siding!

Over time, atmospheric dirt may stick to the siding. Cleaning is easy with vinyl exterior, and there are several ways to approach cleaning this exterior:

  • Handwashing with a soft cloth and mild cleaning solution. Homeowners can make cleaning solutions by mixing mild dish soap with warm water.
  • Another option is to create a 70/30 mixture of water and vinegar. This vinegar solution can also successfully remove mold and mildew. If the vinyl has a textured surface, use only a bristle brush to remove stains from the grooves.

Avoid using cleaners that contain nail polish remover, furniture polish or undiluted chlorine bleach.

For best results, clean vinyl siding by following the directions from the manufacturer.

Check the Siding for Cracks and Breaks

Cracks or breaks in the siding can cause water leaks in your home, especially during the rainy spring season, or if you wash the exterior with a garden hose.

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Why does this happen?

  • Old siding ages become moisture-damaged
  • Then produces breaks or cracks
  • Very heavy wind storms and downpours can also produce cracks
  • Be careful with your lawnmower or rock buildups against your siding.

Tip: Don’t forget to look at your interior walls for damage. If your vinyl siding is cracked or broken, it can’t protect the exterior walls. This may result in interior wall damage, such as cracks.

Ensure Straight Panel Installation

Check to make sure that your vinyl siding is properly installed. This means that the panels are positioned straight on your exterior. If the siding panels are not properly installed, they won’t effectively protect your exterior from the elements.

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Watch For These Issues:

  • Loose panels that flap in the wind, or they are hanging off the exterior of your home
  • Sagging panels
  • Missing panels that are missing, which exposes your home to the elements and may easily result in costly moisture damage
  • Warped or wavy siding
  • There is a gap between where the seam of your roof and the siding meets

If any of the above is discovered, you will need to have your siding either repaired or replaced. Allowing your exterior to be exposed to the elements will result in narrative problems.

Replacing Your House Siding this Spring

Ready to transform your curb appeal this spring? We’re standing by to give you a siding inspection and quote for new vinyl siding replacement! Find quality vinyl siding that can withstand the damp and rainy weather of spring in New England. With a variety of colors to choose from and in-stock vinyl siding available, contact us now for a quote.