Vinyl siding can do a lot for a home. It makes it easier to keep the walls of a home clean, provides a layer of insulation, and can potentially last for decades or more when well taken care of. However, like all things, vinyl siding will eventually start to break down and fall off the walls. If you've noticed that some of your siding seems to be loose or has already come off, you need to take action right away. Here's why.
The first thing that your missing or loose vinyl siding could cause problems for is your walls themselves. Most walls that have vinyl siding put up don't receive the full protective treatment of paint and sealant, because it's unnecessary as long as the vinyl siding is there. Unless you already had these treatments done to your walls before the vinyl siding was put up, then it may mean that your walls are susceptible to water damage.
Every time it rains with a piece of missing vinyl siding or loose vinyl siding, water can come into contact with the wall and start to damage it. If this goes on for long enough, it can also cause problems for the rest of your vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding is usually attached to walls with a combination of sliding into place and nails that are used to keep the siding where it's placed. However, once one piece or more of the vinyl siding becomes loose or comes off entirely, it leaves the rest at risk for moisture damage.
Water or moisture that gets in behind the siding will not only start to damage the walls but it can cause the nails that were used to keep the siding in place to rust and start to corrode. If this goes on for long enough, more parts of your vinyl siding will start to come off and break down. And of course, the more of it that's missing, the more of what's left is vulnerable to damage.
What to Do
If you suspect that your vinyl siding is even loose, let alone falling off, you should contact a roofer. They specialize not only in fixing roofs but also fixing vinyl siding.
Your roofer will come out to examine the problem and determine if you need all of your siding replaced or just the part that's loose or missing. This will ultimately be determined by how long you left the siding exposed to the elements, so it's best to call a roofer as soon as you can.
Replacing vinyl siding doesn't take very long for a roofer. They'll strip away any damaged parts that can't be salvaged and will replace them with more vinyl siding that matches the color you already have. Then your problem will be behind you and you won't have to worry about your siding or walls being damaged by moisture anymore.
For more information, reach out to a company like CNY Roofing Co.