Vinyl Siding Inspection

There are different types of cladding or covering for the exterior of homes that give them their particular style and appeal. Different cladding types have their own particular pros and cons, as well as maintenance issues. Homeowners, builders, and renovators often choose vinyl siding as a…

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There are different types of cladding or covering for the exterior of homes that give them their particular style and appeal. Different cladding types have their own particular pros and cons, as well as maintenance issues. Homeowners, builders, and renovators often choose vinyl siding as a better alternative to wood and aluminium because it’s affordable, durable, easy to maintain, and aesthetically pleasing. And it is for these very reasons that vinyl siding is the most popular exterior cladding for residential construction in Canada and the United States. Therefore, it is vitally important to conduct proper maintenance, understand the dangers that can deteriorate or damage, and order regular inspections by a certified home inspector to ensure that your vinyl siding will last for many years (even decades) to come.

VINYL SIDING – THE PROS

Vinyl siding is made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and is often textured to resemble wood or stone in a variety of colours. Vinyl siding has many advantages. First off, it is very durable, and can last for decades when properly installed and well maintained. It will not fade or rust, and even if scratched the siding will reveal the same colour as the unscratched exterior, so you won’t notice the difference with small imperfections. In addition, when it is properly installed, vinyl siding is very easy to maintain; all you have to do is spray wash the siding once a year, or whenever it gets dirty or affected by weather.

VINYL SIDING – THE CONS

Although vinyl siding requires only minimal maintenance and does not deteriorate like many other types of siding, it isn’t indestructible, and will naturally age over time. Vinyl siding is exposed to the diverse and sometimes harsh weather we get throughout Canada, which can cause wear and tear, as well as more serious damage. In particular, vinyl siding is more susceptible to hail damage than some other types of siding. A severe hailstorm can cause the siding to crack or create holes in the siding, thereby weakening its structure and diluting its efficacy. Also, vinyl siding and its metal trim counterparts can come loose in high winds, necessitating swift repairs to prevent further structural damage. This is why it so crucial that after severe weather, particularly strong winds, the siding of your home is inspected for damage.

Vinyl siding is also susceptible to heat damage. Therefore, cooking grills or barbeques placed closer than five feet will quickly warp and damage the siding. Warping weakens the siding and, if left untreated, will lead to permanent and irreparable damage. Replacing the siding can be costly, which, it must be said, is often unnecessary as long as you make sure the vinyl siding is regularly inspected and adequately maintained.

MAINTAIN AND REPLACE

It is important to keep dirt and debris away from the vinyl siding, and to keep moisture away from the wood behind the siding. In addition, be aware that garden equipment such as weed trimmers and lawnmowers can damage siding.

If it needs replacing, make sure you know how to properly install vinyl siding. Properly installed panels and accessories should move freely from side to side. Drainage holes or slots in horizontal vinyl siding allow water behind the siding to drain and should not be covered. Ripples in the siding can result from stapling or nailing through the face of the siding, which is incorrect. Distortion and buckling of panels may be caused by fasteners that were not driven straight and level. Because vinyl expands and contracts so much, even the most expensive siding will buckle and warp if not installed correctly. Therefore, if you have any doubts about the siding of your home, or any other structural concerns, a home inspection from an experienced and reputable home inspector offers the best protection and the best peace of mind in knowing your home is safe, secure, and solid.

Building Pro Inspections is owned by Kelowna home inspector Bob Hamm, who is fully insured, a member in good standing with HIABC, and licensed by Consumer Protection BC. Contact Bob today to book your next inspection, or use our online booking tool.