Potential Fixes For 3 Common Vinyl Siding Complaints
Vinyl siding has raced to the front of the siding industry due to the low cost, ease of installation, and combination of low maintenance and durability. But even the best siding materials can experience problems due to improper installation or trying to cut financial corners when selecting materials.
Here are three of the most common vinyl siding complaints and how a vinyl siding repair contractor like W L HURST INC or others can help you fix the problems.
Fading or Yellowing
Vinyl siding typically has long-lasting, low-maintenance color due to the colorant being added during the manufacturing process. There isn't any surface paint that can chip or fade or yellow under the glare of the sun. And yet fading or yellowing can still sometimes happen.
Discoloration tends to occur due to the quality of the siding. Not all vinyl siding is created equal and you will want to invest in the best siding available in that material to experience all of the attributes. Cheap vinyl siding doesn't use the same type or level of colorant and the siding panels can start to become discolored far before high quality vinyl would show any signs of damage.
The best way to fix fading or yellowing is to have the siding replaced with a higher quality material. You will face a heavy price tag right now but the durability and cosmetic appearance will be a vast improvement.
Warping or Buckling
Warping or buckling shingles tend to happen due to do-it-yourself installation or hiring a less-than-reputable siding contractor to perform the job. The problem happens because an installer thinks that vinyl shingles should be pulled tight then secured in the same way that wood shingles are installed. But vinyl shingles require a bit of breathing room and installing the siding too tightly can result in bowing and buckling as the material shifts.
If the siding pieces are only starting to buckle or warp, call in a reputable siding contractor to fix the problem. The fix could be as simple as removing some nails and reinstalling the siding for a looser fit. Siding that has already suffered some structural or cosmetic damage due to the warping or buckling will need to be replaced.
Lacking Waterproof Base
Another common installation problem is failing to install the vinyl siding over a waterproof base material. Vinyl itself is waterproof but the loose fit of the siding means water can get behind and between the pieces of siding. Mold buildup on the surface of the siding and a musty smell can be signs that your siding panels weren't installed over a waterproof base.
A siding contractor will likely need to remove the siding and put down a waterproof base. If the vinyl siding pieces haven't suffered any damage, the contractor might be able to reinstall the same siding to save you money.