Due to the affordability and simple upkeep many homes now feature siding rather than plain wood. However, due to improper installation some of types of siding such as Masonite siding have caused problems which damaged the structural integrity of some homes. Trapped moisture can lead to rotting wood resulting in extensive repairs. This problem with Masonite siding was so common that a class action lawsuit was filed against siding manufacturers by homeowners who suffered damage to their homes due to the poorly designed siding (this case was settled in 1998). Inspecting your siding will help determine if you have a moisture problem.
Masonite siding has a tendency to swell because it retains water this can cause visible distortion. Siding that looks uneven, “wavy” or curling up along the bottom edge could be due to moisture retention. Any signs of mold or mildew coming from under the siding is also a sign of moisture retention.
Over time moisture eats away at the walls underneath the siding. Extensive rotting of the walls can weaken them and threaten the integrity of the home. If you are uncomfortable checking for the signs yourself, you can hire a professional to do a home assessment.
Keeping moisture away from your siding is essential no matter what type of siding you have, but it is especially important if you have masonite siding. One way to do this is to have a properly functioning gutter system on your home. Gutters collect water and direct the flow towards downspouts which in turn direct the water away from the home. Gutters that are blocked can overflow and stream water down the exterior walls of the home. This water finds its way into the walls where it sits and soaks into the wood. Wet wood eventually begins to rot. The only way to repair rotting wood is to remove it and replace it with new wood. This can be a very expensive repair.
Prevention is the best way to avoid these expensive repairs. Give your gutters a routine cleaning and inspection at least twice a year. Always be on the lookout for signs of water damage and if damage is spotted have it repaired quickly to prevent further damage.
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