Your home has vinyl siding. While once beautiful and practical, vinyl siding in many homes is prone to waving and warping over time and exposure to the elements. Don't leave your home vulnerable to the elements and present an unsightly face to your neighborhood. SmardBuild is your Naperville, Arlington Heights, Addison Heights, Woodridge, and greater Chicagoland siding expert. We're here to talk you through the dangers of wavy siding and ensure you know how to remedy the concern.
Many homeowners choose vinyl siding due to its durability and affordability. Vinyl siding is available in an impressive array of colors and styles, so you can find the perfect fit to enhance the beauty of your home and protect your house from the sun and rain. However, the very elements you are intending to keep out can create damage to your siding that compromises your home's integrity. Warped and wavy vinyl siding doesn't provide the finish or protection you're looking for. As siding experts, SmardBuild is here to talk about the all-to-common problem of wavy siding, so you can keep your home safe, secure, and beautiful.
Warped Siding Does Not Act According to the Temperature.
If the siding is properly installed, it will expand when the temperature is high and contract when it is cold outside. Improperly installed siding will become wavy. Wavy siding will not act according to the temperature and will cause more vinyl siding buckling over time. This means that wavy siding gets worse over time as it expands and contracts with the weather.
Wavy Siding Creates Uneven Panels.
When your vinyl siding buckles and waves, this changes the alignment of your panels. Misaligned panels are not only unsightly, but they also present problems during an exterior remodel. When siding panels are too close, it can be extra difficult to trim around the corners and within the windows. Proper installation ensures that the vinyl siding has enough space to move around. Wavy siding is one of the major causes of improper panel adjustment.
What are Other Problems Caused by Wavy Siding?
Though many people can identify wavy vinyl siding on sight and find it unattractive, few understand the structural implications. Warped and wavy siding sets off a chain of events that compromises your home.
- First, the siding panels will appear to loosen and appear farther away from the real structure
- An unsightly chalky texture may appear on the surface of the siding
- Water that easily enters via cracks, chips, and warped panels can cause mold, rot, and decay.
- Prominent cracks and gaps may appear in your siding as warping worsens, exposing nails and other unsightly and potentially dangerous elements.
How Can I Avoid Wavy Siding?
Proper Installation- Bad vinyl siding installation is the culprit for the majority of warped and wavy siding in most neighborhoods. Hire an expert vinyl siding contractor to ensure that your vinyl siding is correctly installed, especially if you have unusual angles or uneven surfaces.
Vinyl Siding Repair- If you have small signs of warping, don't wait. Call a siding repair professional to set things right before the situation becomes unsalvageable.
Choose Jamies Hardie Siding Instead- Fiber cement siding does not present the same challenges as vinyl. It doesn't warp, requires minimal maintenance, and protects your home from the elements more thoroughly. Choosing fiber cement keeps your home looking lovely for longer with limited maintenance. Other options to reduce warping, such as exterior cedar siding, require much more upkeep than either vinyl or Hardie board siding but might provide the rustic look you're after.
Reduce Sun Damage and Melting- Because energy-efficient windows reflect more heat than ever before, some homeowners notice increased melting and warping where their windows redirect the sunlight and heat that passed into the home before technology improved. Diffuse this issue by landscaping around problem areas, installing specialty reflective shades, or opting for a material that won't melt, such as James Hardie Siding.