Vinyl is a common material used for siding; not only is it durable, but it's also one of the most affordable siding options available. Not to mention, with the right type of paint, it can easily be painted to give any home a makeover or boost curb appeal. However, vinyl siding also requires maintenance and repairs over time. As such, all homeowners should be aware of a few common signs that their vinyl siding is in need of some TLC.
Visible Water Stains
One of the main purposes of siding is to keep unwanted air and moisture out of the home and away from its foundation. Unfortunately, over time, siding can begin to shift and buckle. Once this occurs, it may not be as water-tight as it was in the past and rainwater may be penetrating behind the siding slats as a result. Over time, water stains will become visible and, if left untreated, mold or mildew will become a problem. Water stains may be more difficult to spot on darker-colored siding, so it's important for homeowners to do routine inspections and to be on the lookout for even slight staining.
Another sign that vinyl siding needs to be repaired or replaced is the presence of exposed nails or completely missing nails. If you look closely, you should be able to see small nails that were used to drive your vinyl siding slats into your home. Even if the head of a nail is exposed, this is something that needs to be remedied right away. Otherwise, the nail will eventually fall off, and your siding will be at risk of blowing off during the next storm or windy day. Also be on the lookout for rusty nails, which can not only stain your siding, but will eventually crumble away or fall out. Most siding contractors use stainless steel siding nails to avoid this exact problem.
Constant Need For Repainting
Finally, understand that if you paint your siding and do it properly (using the right type of paint and proper method), your paint job should easily last for about a decade without the need for major touch-ups or repainting. If your painted siding appears to be peeling or otherwise damaged after just a couple of years, this could be a sign of more serious problems, such as siding that's shifting or buckling. This will need to be repaired by a professional siding contractor. For more information, contact a company like W L HURST INC.