Whose Side Are You On? Protecting Your Siding

Older homes may have siding that’s prone to water damage. The previous owners of our house hired irrigators who installed the sprinklers about four inches from our back wall (check out our picture!). After years of being pounded by sprayers, the wood finally gave out. We replaced the siding and hired a handy man to move the sprinklers forward.

The most common reason for rotten siding is when rainwater splashes up from the ground; luckily you’ll likely just need to replace the bottom few rows. You may also need to replace the sheeting behind the siding and add a vapor barrier. We used fiber cement material and it has worked wonderfully and actually matched the paint! It also holds latex really well.

Remember, you siding isn’t there just to dress the outside of your house…it also protects what’s inside.

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