If your siding is buckling, splitting, warping, delaminating, or coming loose in large areas, or if you see mold or other signs of moisture inside the siding, remove a section and take a look. If you find plenty of moisture, the building paper and flashings may not have been installed correctly. Consult with a professional. The solution may be as simple as caulking an opening or replacing a damaged or incorrectly installed piece of flashing. You may need to replace the felt or building paper, the flashings, the siding, and perhaps the sheathing as well. A rain-screen installation may be indicated.
A generous coat of exterior paint will spruce up a home’s appearance and protect the siding from weather and time. Though it requires only basic skills, a paint job (including preparing the walls, which is often more work than the actual painting) must be approached with careful planning and attacked with diligence and attention to detail. We’ll walk you through both the prep and the painting process.
Windows and doors present special problems. Building paper, flashings, and trim must be installed around them correctly or water can seep behind the trim and the window or door, damaging the house framing.
A quality siding job is well-sealed, otherwise, water can infiltrate and damage sheathing or the back of the siding. Over time, however, seals can weaken, so it’s important that you consistently check your siding’s seal and replace or recaulk any damaged areas. This section shows you how to repair flashing and apply the caulk.