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3 Signs Your Vinyl Siding Wasn'T Installed Correctly

If the siding on your home looks a little strange, you might chalk up the problem to your home's age or heavy winds. However, installation errors can destroy exterior siding—leading to time-consuming repairs or even a full-scale replacement. Here are three signs that your vinyl siding wasn't installed correctly, so that you can correct the issue before things get worse:

1: The Planks Look Warped

As the weather changes, siding expands and contracts with the outside temperatures. To keep siding from bending and permanently warping, professional contractors leave about 1/16th of an inch between the nail head and the siding. This extra space gives your siding room to move, so that it doesn't become warped.

Unfortunately, if the person who installed your siding nailed the planks firmly against your home, you might be left looking at a few warped, droopy planks. If you spot warping, have a professional come out right away to fix the problem. By removing warped planks and installing new versions the right way, they might be able to protect your home's exterior.

2: You Can See Gaps Between the Seams

Because siding moves slightly as it withstands temperature changes, installers are also supposed to overlap the edges slightly. Unfortunately, if your installer simply installed one row of siding alongside the next, you might be left with unsightly gaps in between those seams. In addition to looking terrible, these gaps can also give pests, moisture, and climbing plants like ivy easy access to your home.

Fortunately, gapped panels are easy to fix. Experts can use special tools to remove vinyl siding in one piece, and they can move siding closer together to overlap the edges. If the gap is small, professionals might even cover the seam with an additional piece of siding.

3: Siding Isn't Parallel to House Structures

When you look at that siding, are the planks perfectly parallel to each other? If they aren't, the person who installed the siding might have used a non-parallel home structure as a starting reference point. For example, if your windowpane isn't perfectly square with the foundation line, and your original contractor started the planks along that line, all of your siding might look slightly skewed. The good news is that as long as your siding is in decent shape, the planks can be removed and reinstalled correctly.

By working with a professional siding contractor to fix up your siding, you might be able to fend off future problems and keep your home looking great.