Prevent Defective Wood Siding
If you have wood siding, you may have a beautiful home with few problems. However, if you were to notice any type of checkering or buckling, you might have a serious problem on hand. One major problem is that if the contractor who sold the siding is now out of business and your homeowner's insurance will not cover replacement, you could be out money from your own pocket.
One of the things that you need to do as a consumer is educate yourself about wood siding. In other words, if a contractor tells you he is installing plylap, make sure that is what you are getting. If the contractor is not willing to show you the materials bill of sale, take a piece of the material to another siding company or lumberyard, asking them to help you identify it, thus confirming you are getting what you paid for.
Now, if you already have siding installed but now you notice issues arising, you can always look on the back of some of the siding panels for the manufacturer's name or product name. Then, if all else fails, have a reputable siding company come out to look at your siding to determine if the problem is defective wood.
Obviously, whatever type of siding you purchase, you should be provided with an excellent guarantee. In addition, the installer should be professionally trained, licensed, and bonded. This way, you have something on which to fall in case your wood siding is defective. Although this is not overly common, defective wood could be the problem.
You might also contact the manufacture if you are able to determine the name, asking about any recalls on specific wood. Sometimes, products that are meant to last for 30 years will begin to deteriorate after just five, ten, or fifteen years. If there has been a recall on the wood siding, then the manufacturer would be responsible for having the siding repaired or replaced.
While it might be tempting to go for the lowest price, usually from an individual who is a hard worker, remember that you have nothing to stand on. Therefore, you would do yourself a huge favor by working with a top company who uses only the best installers. This way, you will not be faced with a large financial loss if you find the wood siding is defective.
You should also purchase the best wood possible such as cedar or redwood. Both of these wood types are strong, durable, and naturally insect resistant. Of course, another option is to go with veneer siding, which looks like real wood but is actually a synthetic material.