Vinyl siding has become the most common form of exterior cladding in Canada for residential homes. This should come as no surprise—vinyl siding is cost-effective, looks great and has incredible durability. Whether it’s used on new home construction, or to cover up existing wood paneling, siding is hard to beat, so long as the installation is done properly, and if a problem develops, it is taken care of immediately. Calgary residents with vinyl siding should be aware of some of the problems which can develop with their siding, and to call a siding repair company as soon as possible if they notice one.
There are a few major problems that can develop with siding. Each, if not taken care of by a Calgary siding repair company, can cause damage to the siding, the interior walls or produce leaks within the house. Occasionally warranties will alleviate the cost of the damages, but don’t count on that for certain—instead keep a careful eye on your vinyl siding, and if you should notice one of these problems, call to have an expert take a look.
Warping and buckling of your vinyl siding is an immediate indicator that something is wrong. Under no circumstances should you ignore this problem. Typically, warping and buckling is caused by incorrect installation. Vinyl siding is attached to hangers, which connect to the interior walls the siding is covering. Given the material siding is made of, the connections need to be tight enough to keep everything together, but loose enough to accommodate for changes in temperature. If everything was put together too tightly, the inability for the siding to flex causes warping and buckling.
Moisture can damage your siding as well. This can occur several different ways. For starters, incorrect installation, once again. can lead to a problem, this time with the moisture barrier that should have been installed between the siding and the house. Any problems with this will allow moisture build up and will damage the siding. Moisture can also lead to mold or algae developing on shady areas of your siding. Once again, these problems are easy for a Calgary siding repair company to fix.
Two more common problems—improper flashing and excessive noise, both of which will have you contacting a siding company immediately. Improper flashing results from trim pieces not fitting correctly, resulting in interior leaks and damage to the interior lining. Excessive noise comes from siding that is too loose, therefore causing noise when wind hits it. Siding should flex with the weather, not wake up the entire neighborhood due to loose connections.
Hopefully none of these problems happen to you. Once again, vinyl siding is the most reliable and durable residential house cladding out there, but like anything else, it is subject to problems. As you probably have noticed, most of the problems arise from incorrect installation. Don’t get cheated the second time around—call a company that’s known for quality work and it’s ability to fix the problem the first time around.