Is there typically damage behind siding?
What is usually found behind siding?
Pacific Exteriors has been replacing siding in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. We are the leading Portland siding contractor. We have resided thousands of home over the years, and typically find minimal damage.
The Pacific Northwest is wet for nine months out of every year. There is always a little bit of dry rot that needs to be replaced, and a minimal amount is always figured into the quote we provide before starting the siding replacement project.
If windows and doors are properly waterproofed when installed they typically do not leak and water does not get trapped behind the siding. The minimal damage that we typically find is easy to repair and not costly.
What happens if the windows are not waterproofed correctly?
When the windows or doors are not waterproofed correctly – flashing is not used during installation, then they will leak. Over time the water gets behind the siding and it gets trapped. When that happens it seeps into the wood framing of your home and softens the wood. This is a perfect environment for both dry rot and wood boring insects. Windows can cause a huge problem if not installed correctly.
The Portland Metro area is the perfect climate for using James Hardieplank siding. It is made from a cement compound that is very resistant to dry rot and wood boring insects. Here in Portland we have both of these in abundance. By choosing the right siding materials Pacific Exteriors can help your home withstand all the harsh elements found here in Portland.
You can avoid construction defects like these by using a certified siding and window contractor. Pacific Exteriors is not going to disappear, we are going to use the correct installation materials, and we stand behind our work.
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