3 Dangers That Can Damage Your Siding


A home’s siding is a major line of defense against the elements. Old siding can easily impact the performance of your home, which directly results in increased energy bills and even unsightly curb appeal.


While no one wants to live in an inefficient or unattractive home, there are a few culprits that can damage or even destroy the exterior. Keep an eye out for these 3 dangers that spell trouble for your siding.


Danger #1: Mold

This is one of the most evident dangers that damage your siding, but it can grow and spread right under your nose.


Mold needs an organic food source to grow. It also likes to grow in damp areas and shady areas. If you’re a homeowner with wood siding, you’ll have to pay extra close attention to the presence of mold on the exterior.


One of the biggest issues with exterior mold is that it can ultimately make its way inside of the home.  It can also literally eat away at wood siding over time.


The good news is that you can prevent mold from growing in the first place by:


·         Making sure the gutters are redirecting water flow away from the home.

·         Keeping the roof free of debris and leaves.

·         Using mold-resistant paint on the wood exterior.

·         Consider using high-quality vinyl siding in place of wood. Vinyl is highly resistant to moisture damage and mold growth.



Danger #2: Sun Exposure

While sunlight isn’t always a looming danger to your siding, the problem arises when the home is constantly under intense sunlight with no protection to the siding.


For example, untreated wood is especially susceptible to sun damage. Not only will it fade the stain or paint, but it can also make the siding crack or warp. The sun can also damage the siding in a variety of ways, such as loss of gloss, chalking, adhesion, elasticity, and color change depending on the material.


Danger #3: Rain and Moisture

Rain and moisture are perhaps the biggest culprits that destroy the home’s exterior.


You can see subtle signs of moisture damage beginning with rusty nails, which can leave streaks down the siding. You’ll also find water stains, warping or bubbles, or even peeling paint and wallpaper on interior walls.


In the most extreme cases, wood siding can crumble away and even rot from moisture damage.


How to Protect the Siding from Mold, Moisture, and Sun Damage

Quality vinyl siding holds the key to a long-lasting exterior. Vinyl is moisture proof and does not provide an organic food source for mold growth. Furthermore, UWD’s 20-year color warranty guarantees that the siding won’t fade from the sun’s rays.

Learn more about our efficient and durable vinyl siding by visiting the product page or contacting us for a free quote.


Chris Jarvis