When expecting the siding of your home there are key things to look for which we will address below.
How to do it
You can either use a pair of binoculars or get a good quality digital camera and zoom in as much as possible on your siding and take multiple pictures of all of the siding. If you use the digital camera option you can than upload the pictures on a computer and zoom in even further being able to inspect every piece to the fullest. You can also walk around the house and push on areas of the siding that look aged or damaged.
Really Nail It
Nails are pretty easy to spot, look for nails that are sticking out of the siding and that could possibly be rusting.
Paint on wood siding is meant to protect the surface from decay and rotting, so make sure to look for paint that is peeling. A lack of paint is rare to be the reason of wood siding rotting, the major reason peeling paint is a problem is that it makes it look horrible, and could possibly be an environmental hazard if it contains lead.
Look for caulk that may be separating, or cracks in the caulk lines itself. Check to see if any of the caulk is turning to powdery substance or if the caulk line is missing altogether.
Sagging or Buckling
This is big thing especially when it comes to vinyl siding, make sure you look for any pieces of siding that may be sagging or buckling in. This is an easy one to spot, simply just by walking around the exterior and visually inspecting the siding.
Damage or Stains
You should look for all types of damage and/or stains, whether it is from mold or water, damage from animals, insects or trees or damage from extreme weather.
Take into consideration there are a few different types of sidings, and all should be inspected the same way. Certain things may not apply to all of them, but if you go through looking for all these things you’ll be in great shape. Remember even if the siding is only showing minimal damage, there could be large amounts of damage underneath. You should perform inspections often in order to keep up on the maintenance of your siding and protect your home.