Common Siding Problems
If good quality siding is purchased from a reputable company and installed by a trained professional, the chance of something going wrong is greatly diminished. However, sometimes siding will be installed incorrectly, which can cause significant issues. Then again, if the siding material were inferior, you would obviously be suspect of something going wrong.
Many times, a small crack will appear which at first seems like no big deal but over time, that small crack can turn into a major mess. For example, if you were to experience a hard driving wind, the water could easily seep directly into the crack, causing damage to the siding, the underlayment, and other parts of the home. Soon, you would also find you had a problem with mold and mildew.
Although a number of siding problems can be fixed easily and inexpensively, some problems are considered major. The key to any siding problem is early detection and an aggressive solution. In fact, depending on the type of siding problem, you may be able to fix the problem yourself but if not, you could hire a professional contractor to come in and do the job.
You will find that many of the smaller problems associated with wood siding are fixable by the homeowner. However, when dealing with both metal and vinyl siding, you want to keep in mind that special tools to fix most problems are required, as well as specific techniques. Therefore, while you might not think the problem with the steel or vinyl siding is bad you should let a professional contractor handle this particular material.
Then, for stucco, brick, and masonry siding, unless you have actually training in masonry work, you could end up doing more damage than good. The best option would be to look around the perimeter of the home, looking for damaged areas. This might include cracks extending from one wall to another wall, crumbling joints, leaning walls, and bulges. Any of these problems could lead to serious consequences if not fixed.
For crumbling masonry joints, you could do the repair yourself although it generally requires some practice and a lot of patience. For this, you would use a chisel to chip out the loose grout in between the bricks. Next, take a trowel, spreading new mortar deep into the joints. Then depending on the mortar on the other bricks, work with it until it matches the rest of the siding.
Finally, if you have stucco siding that has a crack in it, you could use acrylic latex paint to cover it up but only if the crack were hairline. Otherwise, the crack would need to be filled with latex caulk compound. Once the compound dries, it could then be painted over with acrylic latex paint to match the color of the stucco siding. Now, if the crack is wide, you can purchase all-purpose filler and simply follow the instructions. However, if the hole in the siding were deep, you would need to patch it with the same compound but work with a number of layers, allowing each to dry in between application.