Vinyl siding is a wonderful building material that protects underlying materials and can create a new, vibrant look upon installation. Unfortunately, the upkeep can be difficult if you're in an area prone to hurricanes and tornadoes. Sure, your vinyl siding won't be ripped off every single storm season, but it's best to know a few installation, repair and maintenance concepts just to be safe as you wait for roofers and choose different siding materials.
Why Is Vinyl Siding So Popular?
Think about the ongoing environmentally friendly, green revolution to recycle materials, reduce the use of certain materials and to reuse old materials. Vinyl siding can be considered one of those materials that needs to be scrutinized under recycling plans, but its existence actually creates two great recycling and building material benefits.
Being made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl siding lasts for a long time and is not biodegradable like wood. Although there are some concerns about the chemicals released from PVC, the degradation rate is so slow that the chemical release isn't a major health risk unless you're breathing or ingesting vinyl siding--a hard feat to commit against yourself unless you're licking the siding or cutting siding with a lot of vinyl dust while not wearing a mask.
Vinyl siding is lightweight and durable, and since it takes a while to break down, you don't really need to replace siding until it begins to tear from outside forces or if the stains become too deeply ingrained in the siding for your decor tastes. It's also a cheap material, and old/damaged siding can be recycled to make other products out of the same material.
Vinyl siding is flimsy and thin to the touch, but the siding is made for residential buildings, not fortresses that need to withstand an impact. You can also place the siding on any other material as long as there's somewhere to properly nail and hang the siding.
Storm Season Risks And Ripped Vinyl Siding
When a storm comes through, it's not uncommon to see a few homes with loose siding. Whether through improper installation or a devastating storm, the siding can be lifted to expose the materials underneath. It may seem like a simple design problem that can be ignored, but think about what you might be exposing.
As with any siding material, crooked or opened siding can allow water or pests to enter and stagnate. Wasps could build hives in the exposed gap, spiders could find a home in the gap, and mold could begin to grow. Mold in particular could damage the interior building materials.
Fixing or replacing the vinyl siding is not a difficult task for home construction and maintenance professionals. You don't have to buy an entire building's worth of vinyl siding if you don't want to, as contractors only need to replace the damaged siding panels and maybe a few connecting panels that aren't fitting properly. The existing siding can also be inspected for improper installation, and any problems can be corrected to reduce exposure in the future.
For more information, contact Lassiter Roofing Team or a similar company.