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The Secret Life Under Your Home’s Siding – What Lies Beneath

Vinyl Siding Problems?

Does your vinyl siding put a pretty face on top of a body full of trouble?  Have you ever wondered why you get that occasional leak or musty smell?  There can be a lot about siding that you can’t see.

Unless you were there when the house was built, chances are you don’t know precisely what’s under your exterior siding. Peek under there and you could find:

  • Wood siding
  • Cedar Shakes
  • A layer of foil-backed paper
  • Lead paint
  • Mildew
  • Aluminum siding
  • Asbestos siding
  • Rotted wood

There’s more to this than meets the eye.

It’s important that you pay attention to siding trouble spots and leaks, as a quality spot repair can save you a world of hurt. Depending upon what you find, even a small repair may be more than a DIY project for some people.

  • Will you take everything down or stop part-way?
  • If you find asbestos siding., are you prepared to safely remove and dispose of it at a hazardous waste facility? Don’t forget to protect yourself with face masks and changes of clothes.
  • Will you scrupulously fill in every nail hole from previous installations?
  • Do you know how to properly insulate for your geographic area?
  • Will you be able to reuse the metal flashing from around doors or windows? (hint: probably not, it’s too thin and bends too easily)
  • Should you replace the wood trim behind the flashing?
  • How much wood fit will I find and need to replace?

Yes, those are a lot of variables and questions. And if your repair is of significant size, it could tie you up for a long time, and maybe it wouldn’t even fix the problem.

Instead, consider hiring an experienced professional installer. Ferris Home Improvements has a hand-picked staff with more than 40 years of combined experience. They’ll do the job right and probably in a lot less time. It could be the best investment you’ve made in YOURSELF in a long time and would be better for the integrity of your house, too.