Spotting Siding Damage, Before Things Get Ugly
Fix the problems with your siding as soon as you find them to protect your home. Photo Credit: Editor B
Inspecting your home’s siding on a regular basis will pay dividends down the road. These regular spot checks can prevent potential problems from getting out of hand. Neglected siding can fall into disrepair without regular maintenance. Here are some early warning signs to look for and protective measures to take.
Cracks in the masonry may not be a huge concern; they could indicate settling. If you want to find out if further action is required, place gaffers or duct-tape over the crack and wait. Return in a month and closely examine what has happened to the tape, if you notice any twisting action by the tape, then there could be something more serious going on.
Termite and dry rot damage need to be caught early. As you inspect the siding, pay close attention to wooden window frames. Using a knife, press against the wood to see how soft it is. Supple wood is an indicator of dry rot. Also, look at the siding closest to the ground. This area is usually the first infected by dry rot or termite invasion.
Mildew happens in areas of the country with humid climates. It can be prevented by cleaning the siding with soapy water and a carwash brush. If mildew is left untreated, it can cause the wood siding to rot.
Chipped paint on brick or wood siding needs to be restored quickly. Paint is the first layer of the home’s defense against weather, insects, and possible deterioration. As soon as conditions allow, apply a coat of primer and new paint; this is the best way to prevent any future damage.
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