Like most other parts of your home, the performance of your siding depends on the quality of work done by your siding installers. This is one of the reasons why it’s absolutely necessary to find a licensed and experienced contracting company. Even the best and most durable siding materials can fail if they are not installed properly.
It’s important to familiarize yourself with the most common problems and signs of poor siding installation so you can avoid them in your next exterior renovation project. Here are a few of them from our siding professionals at Ashmen Installation Inc.
Nail Placement Problems
It takes experience and skill on the part of siding contractors to know where to place the nails when putting up cladding. Even selecting the type and size of nails is important. Some types of siding like fiber cement require nails of a specific length to be attached securely on your wall. The nails also need to be positioned correctly to avoid any premature failure. As a general rule, nails must be placed at least ¾ of an inch above the bottom edge, depending on the material, and both ends of a joint must be secured by their own nail and not nailed down with one board over the other.
Water Flow Issues
Ideally, your gutters should be able to handle all rainwater flow in your home without ever affecting your siding. In reality, however, it’s also important to include water flow management when installing your siding. For example, always make sure the downspouts direct water at a safe distance from the ground to avoid drips on the siding itself. Siding joints should also not be placed over vents or any potential sources of moisture.
Following Manufacturer Specifications
When searching for siding replacement companies, it’s best to choose candidates that are factory-trained and certified by manufacturers. This guarantees they will be able to fully and properly handle the specific type of siding you want in your home.
Get superior siding installation services from our professionals at Ashmen Installation Inc., your trusted local renovation company. Call us at (877) 274-6361 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.