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Melting, Warping, And Buckling: Common Causes Of Vinyl Siding Woes

Vinyl siding is affordable, attractive, and durable, which have all made the material one of the most popular in newer home builds. But no siding material is foolproof and even vinyl siding can experience cosmetic problems related to the weather or poor installation.

What are some of the most common vinyl issues, what causes the problems, and how can you fix it?

Melted Siding

Melted siding doesn't actually drip off the side of your home. Instead, a section of siding can take on the wavy, bubbly, distorted look of melted wax that has dried on the side of a candle. What causes this woe to strike vinyl siding?

As the name of the problem suggests, melting is caused by excessive exposure to heat. Why would one section of your siding receive more exposure to heat than the rest of the house? Check around the siding for possible culprits.

Possible culprits include a hot air vent that lets out in the direction of the siding and a window that could reflect sunlight directly on the siding during the hottest parts of the day. If one whole side of your house is melting, and that side happens to face east and be positioned near reflective water, you might want to plant some sun-blocking trees or shrubs to keep the morning sun off of that side of your home.

Once the cause of the melting is diagnosed and fixed, call in a siding contractor for new siding.

Warping Siding

Is your vinyl siding showing signs of warping that aren't as severe as the symptoms of melting but rather look like the siding is bowing in some places? The warping is likely a sign of water having taken hold underneath the siding. Water typically gets in due to improper installation. Call in a siding contractor to diagnose the problem and replace the siding.

If you leave the problem alone, the water can continue to accumulate under the shingles and cause water damage to your home's walls.

Buckling Siding

Buckling siding is usually the sign of poor installation. Vinyl siding needs to be held steady and not pulled overly tight during installation. If the siding is pulled too tight then adhered, the vinyl will eventually try to expand and, unable to do so, will buckle instead.

If the buckling is minor and recent, you might be able to fix the problem by simply removing the siding and reinstalling the affected strips in the correct manner. Moderate to severely buckled shingles will likely need to be replaced outright. To learn more, contact a company like Wood & vinyl siding Advantage Exteriors