Updated: Jun 24, 2022
Vinyl siding is a popular option for many homeowners because of its versatility and affordable cost. However vinyl siding may experience issues due to aging, weathering, and other factors. Before having vinyl siding installed, become familiar with these common problems it can become susceptible to:
1. Warping and buckling
Vinyl siding will expand and contract slightly with changing temperatures. If not installed correctly, this movement can cause the siding to warp and buckle. There should be a slight give when you touch your siding to accommodate for this.
Although most vinyl siding is produced with some sort of UV protection, it can begin to fade over time. Areas that receive more direct sunlight than others may become discolored, resulting in an inconsistent look throughout the home. Fading is mostly a cosmetic issue, but in certain circumstances, can lead to serious issues like cracking.
Because vinyl siding expands and contracts, it can’t provide a watertight seal like other types of siding can. Because of this, a waterproof barrier must be installed underneath the siding beforehand. If this protective barrier isn’t applied correctly, moisture can leak into the home causing both internal and external rotting, instability, mold growth, and more.
Vinyl siding has become more durable as technology has progressed, but may still experience cracking over time. Strong impacts, improper installation, and excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to cracking. If left unrepaired, these cracks can allow moisture to leak through and cause water damage
5. Wind damage
Improper installation of vinyl siding can have even a small storm rip off portions of your siding. If not locked tightly wind will leave your siding unlocked and flapping around, completely destroying it if left unattended.