A lot of homeowners assume that siding is waterproof. But what they don’t realize that if not properly waterproofed, siding will eventually show signs of water damage. The truth is that you must waterproof your siding in order to protect your home.
Why You Need to Waterproof Siding
Exterior siding is not the watertight covering many homeowners think it is. If the proper steps to waterproof your siding aren’t taken, you’re risking expensive water damage.
There are a number of ways water and moisture can get past the siding-clad exterior. Much like stucco, siding expands and contracts in response to temperature changes. As a result, water can make its in through gaps around unsealed doors and windows.
Moisture intrusion can also occur in the overlapping ends of siding pieces. The installation process of siding often requires using pre-made trim pieces. The pre-made pieces don’t alway match up exactly, leaving tiny openings in the surface of the siding. Those small openings are just big enough to let rain and other moisture in.
If there is not a water-resistant layer installed beneath the siding, the water and moisture will cause major damage over time. The trapped moisture can’t drain or dry once it gets behind the walls. This will result in mold and rot, severely damaging wooden studs underneath. The resulting damage can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
The Real Way to Waterproof Siding
The importance of installing a water resistant barrier system underneath your siding cannot be over stated. It is critical that your home be protected by a water-resistant system beneath the siding. A water-resistant system is made up of different materials designed to protect from moisture intrusion. And they offer additional protection at high-risk areas such as door and window openings.
The type of barrier needed depends on the type of siding used. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Different types of siding products will require different water management systems. You want to find a contractor that is sure to install the correct water management system for your siding product.
Call Ai Restoration For an Estimate Today
Ai Restoration understands that siding installation isn’t as simple as some contractors would have you believe. We install water management systems under any and every facade, including siding!
Ai Restoration is a stucco, stone, and siding repair company outside of Philadelphia. Our skilled craftsmen have 17 years of experience working with residential buildings. We bring years of residential water remediation and restoration experience to every siding project we do.
Contact us at 215-794-6858 for an estimate today!