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What’s Causing Damage to Your Home’s Siding?

Over years of exposure to seasons, storms, lawn care, and general wear-and-tear, it’s perfectly normal for siding exteriors to start showing signs of stress.

Without proactive maintenance and intervention when needed, small issues can spiral into exponentially bigger headches.

From slight warping around windows to full on pest infestations burrowing behind walls, addressing problems early is key to avoid lasting impacts.

Our Richmond siding inspection team sees it all and wants to help homeowners identify risks unique to their home before major troubles emerge.

Let’s explore some of the most common culprits behind localized damage and overall decomposition that require prompt action:

Extreme Weather Events

Living in Virginia, we get it all: blazing summers, freezing winters and turbulent transition seasons putting material integrity to the test.

While quality installation and maintenance helps buffer effects, extreme events take a toll including:

– Hailstorms – leavingsurface indentation damage that impacts insulation and water sealing capacity behind siding

– Heavy winds – introducing outward pressure and suction forces that warp panels and compromise structural accessories like fasteners

– Ice dams – causing interior melt overflow and leaks that seep into exterior walls and flash freeze in cracks

– Wild temperature swings – expanding and contracting siding far beyond intended elasticity leading to brittleness

If your home’s siding gets battered by such patterns annually, expect accelerated breakdown prompting earlier replacement.

Sun Exposure & UV Degradation

We all love those sunny days, but over years, unchecked UV radiation slowly decomposes vinyl polymer chains and erodes wood fibers despite chemical treatment.

The effects surface through:

– Fading of dark siding colors

– Chalky whitish particulate forming on surfaces

– Paint coatings losing luster and peeling faster

– Decreased weatherproofing integrity as materials weaken

To best delay UV damage, strategically plant foliage to add afternoon shade on the most exposed southern facing walls.

Pest Infestations

As small as they seem, tiny invaders like ants, termites and woodpeckers can cause critical structural issues by:

– Carving out holes and cavities they enter and nest behind siding

– Creating pathways deep into the home’s frame and insulation

– Tunneling galleries through layered walls over time

– Spreading wide underneath unchecked

Left alone for multiple seasons, such pests threaten stability and indoor comfort through reducing critical seals.

Don’t take the risk!

Moisture & Rotting Risks

Wood or any composite siding simply doesn’t mix well with excess moisture.

Over time, the results of unchecked moisture manifest clearly through:

– Bubbling and cracking exterior paint

– Soft spongy sections around corners and ground line

– Growth of dark mold, mildew and algae

– Wall corners pulling away from each other

Finding and fixing the root causes of elevated moisture should become top priority before major remodeling investments.

Consider gutter tweaks, grading fixes, drying ventilation improvements and landscaping changes that restore breathability.

Scaling & Deteriorating Masonry

For homes featuring brick, stone, stucco or concrete exterior walls, similar environmental stressors slowly take a toll by:

– Chipping away exterior layers over decades

– Allowing liquid penetrants to seep behind

– Breaking down weatherproof sealants between materials

– Exposing softer structural components underneath to damage

Routinely sealing, patching and checking for plumb straightness helps counter gradual decline.

What Do the Experts Recommend?

If seeing any clear signals of siding turmoil beyond normal wear, the experts unanimously agree swift action is wise.

That said, opinions on the ideal corrective course can vary based on factors like:

– Issue severity (surface/deep)

– Repair budget flexibility

– Desired longevity of fix

– Current siding material lifespan left

To simplify decisions for Richmond homeowners, our team buckets most damage cases into three paths forward:

1. Spot repairs for minor issues buying a few extra years before eventual replacement makes better sense down the road.

Use this option to address minor pest holes, seal cracks, resecure loose areas, or power wash dirty spots.

2. Full section replacement for isolated siding sections or walls too damaged making spot repairs pointless.

This allows custom matching of new materials to surround existing regions still in fair shape.

3. Comprehensive siding replacement when current materials are dated, compromised across the board, or you want an exterior refresh.

Often coinciding with full repainting as well to protect the new investment.

Regardless of severity, we always recommend contacting licensed professionals to inspect and provide an accurate diagnosis.

Attempting temporary fixes found online rarely offers an adequate long term solution and may violate building codes.

Connect with Richmond’s Top Siding Specialists

Waiting too long to address exterior damage almost always leads to more headaches and greater expense down the road.

Protect your most valuable investment by contacting our team for an inspection and roadmap tailored to your unique home.

We’ll help match the right solutions to observed issues so you receive maximum longevity within budget.

To request a custom siding analysis and quote for addressing current issues or desired improvements, call our Richmond office today at (804) 587-5221.

Allow us to put our decades of experience providing lasting results to work ensuring your peace of mind!

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