If you are like many people, you may have wood siding on your home. This durable material is often chosen because it is durable and affordable, while also simple to update as your color preferences for your home changes. To ensure the longest life for your wood siding, make sure that you avoid the following mistakes.
#1: Skipping damage inspections
Wood can last for decades as long as any damage, no matter how minor, is fixed promptly. The reason is because damage leaves wood siding susceptible to moisture and rot. You should inspect your siding at least twice a year at a minimum, in the spring and fall, although monthly is even better. You are looking for areas that have become cracked or otherwise damage. You can use a wood putty or caulk to fill the damaged area, and then repaint it to match the surrounding siding. Any cracks between the siding and other items, such as around windows and door frames, should also be caulked so moisture can't seep behind the siding.
#2: Allowing the paint to wear thin
Paint is what protects the siding from moisture and weather damage. The main drawback of wood siding is that the paint job won't last forever, so it will need to be repainted at some point. How often you paint depends on many factors, including your climate and the quality of paint used, but generally you need to repaint once the old paint begins to look thin. Between full paint jobs, touch up any areas that prematurely wear thin, such as the trim around doorways, as well as places where the paint is scraped or otherwise damaged.
#3: Ignoring landscape issues
Your landscaping can damage the wood siding. The most common issue is when shrubbery grows right up against the home or if a vine begins to climb the siding. Moisture becomes trapped between the plant and the siding, which can cause the paint to prematurely wear and rot to set in. Leaving items right against the siding when not in use, such as tools, furniture, or a grill, can also trap moisture that will eventually lead to damage. Always trim back plants and leave a space between the siding and stored items so that air can circulate. This will prevent moisture problems that can lead to rot and damage.
For more help or to upgrade your siding, contact a siding contractor in your area.