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Maintaining the Siding on Your Home

The exterior of your home acts as a barrier to protect your home from the elements. It is exposed to wind, rain, snow, heat and much more. Ed Heller, owner of Heller’s Building and a building contractor, explains common issues with siding.

There are several common problems that can arise with wood siding. If your home has window flower boxes, rot can form behind them. Plants, ivy and other vines that grow on the home’s siding can cause problems, and if the siding is too close to the ground, it can cause rot. Your siding should be inspected once a year for fading and peeling paint, rot and splitting wood or protruding nails. Cut back any vines growing on your home as they can trap moisture, eventually leading to rot. Peeling paint should be scraped and the repainted to protect the siding from exposure to the elements.

“Vinyl siding has its own set of issues to look for,” says Heller, whose siding contractors can fix your home in no time. “The siding can become bowed or buckled, and freezing temperatures can cause it to become brittle. If it wasn’t properly installed, it can cause the joints to separate.”

Vinyl siding does not have to be painted, but it should be cleaned at least once a year.

Aluminum and steel siding can oxidize and dent over time, and the color can fade. Aluminum siding wears well on a home, but can be quite noisy. Expansion can cause banging and popping when sunlight warms it.

Some contractors may use caulking with aluminum siding. Regularly inspect it to be sure the caulk isn’t tearing off. If it is, it will need to be replaced. Additionally, aluminum siding is waterproof, but it should not be a moisture barrier. The siding should have small holes along the bottom of each plank. However, if it doesn’t have enough or if the holes are blocked, moisture can trap inside the wall.

“Aluminum siding has become pretty outdated and isn’t regularly available anymore,” says Heller. “I recommend that my clients replace their aluminum siding with a more modern and useful type of siding that can better protect their home.”

You should inspect your home’s siding regularly and have a professional inspect it once a year. A Lansdale siding expert, like those at Heller’s Building, will be able to make any necessary repairs, or advise you when it is time to replace the siding.

When it is time to replace your siding, there are many choices. The most popular are vinyl, wood, aluminum and cement fiber. The experts at Heller’s Building can walk you through the process and help you choose the right siding for your home.

Vinyl siding is great in all weather conditions and easy to maintain. Simply pressure wash it once a year.

Wood siding can add charm to your home and comes in a variety of stains. However, it is higher maintenance and must be inspected annually to identify and repair any damaged pieces.

Cement fiber siding is more durable than wood, but offers the same aesthetics. It is resistant to termites and rot, can be painted and is low maintenance.

“I highly recommend cement fiber siding,” says Heller. “It is a wonderful product that lasts a long time. Homeowners love it because it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. It’s also a very rich looking product, leaving the exterior of your home looking great.”

When you are ready to replace your home’s siding, Heller’s Building can come to you for a consultation, bringing along samples that meet your needs and preferences. Whether your home has new siding or the original siding of the home, proper maintenance is always necessary to keep it looking as good as new, and protect your home from the elements. With proper care on your part, and a little help from the professionals, you can keep your home looking wonderful for years to come, and ensure it is properly protected, as well.