Two Things That May Be Damaging The Siding On Your Home
Well-maintained siding can last for up to 50 years, but your home's exterior comes in contact with a lot of dangers that can significantly reduce its lifespan. Here are two issues that may be hurting your home's siding and what you can do fix them.
Most people don't have time to spend all day manually watering their lawns, so they install sprinklers to do it for them. Unfortunately, misplaced sprinklers are a common cause of damage to home siding, particularly siding made from wood. Typically, the sprinklers spray the home's exterior with water day after day after day. If the affected area doesn't ever get completely dry, this can lead to mold growth (wood) or rusting (metal). Additionally, it's not unusual for the water to soak underneath the siding and damage the part of the home the side was supposed to protect.
Take time to inspect your sprinklers to determine where they're spraying water. If one or more of these devices is dousing your home, either adjust them so the water is redirected elsewhere or turn them off completely and water the area by hand.
Another thing that can cause damage to your siding is clogged gutters and misdirected down spouts. The purpose of these items is to redirect water from rain and snow safely away from the home. However, gutters can get clogged with leaves and other debris that causes water to back up and spill over the side down your home's siding. A misdirected downspout can minor floods around the foundation of your home, which can negatively impact any siding installed there.
This problem is easily fixed by inspecting your gutters on a regular basis and cleaning them as needed. If you prefer to enjoy your free time on the weekends, call a local gutter cleaning company (or your neighbor's kid) and have them do it for you. Additionally, check your downspouts next time it rains to determine where the water is outputting. If it's splashing on the side of your home or causing flooding, install extensions to redirect the water further away from the house.
Siding is designed to protect your home from the elements, but the elements can do a number on your home's exterior if you're not careful. Inspect your home's exterior on a regular basis and take steps to minimize problems that can lead to bigger issues (e.g. ice dams in the winter). For more information about these issues or to have siding repairs done to your siding, contact a local contractor.