Getting a new siding installation is one of the biggest and most effective upgrades that homeowners can make to their homes, but if the wrong contractor is used, the outcome could be what’s known as a siding installation failure. We’re going to take a look at what exactly siding installation failure is, and then we’ll dive into just what it can cost you. Here is everything you need to know about installation failure.
What Is Siding Installation Failure?
Siding installation failure is the term for an installation that was technically completed but has failed in one aspect or another in its performance. Siding installation failure can be noticed years after the initial installation, or it can be obvious from the moment the contractor wraps up the project. The biggest factor in how long the installation failure takes to be noticed is the type of failure, and whether it’s a failure of appearance or one of functionality.
What Are The Costs Of Siding Installation Failure?
There are two primary types of installation failure. There are failures of aesthetics and failures of functionality. Let’s take a look at each one, what the differences are, and what they can cost you.
It Looks Terrible
The first type of siding installation failure is a failure of aesthetics. This means that when the project has been finished, there are still obvious signs of using a lazy, cheap, or unqualified installation contractor. Some of the signs that will be immediately obvious with this type of failure will be things like crooked cuts, touch-ups that look obvious and poorly done, or the caulking being badly applied.
This is going to cost you time and inconvenience, but it shouldn’t cost you any more money. Contractors should arrange for poorly done jobs to be redone, but that’s more time that you have a crew at your home, in your way.
It Can Fail Functionally
The other way that an installation can fail, is by not accomplishing the primary goal of protecting your home. The worst thing about these types of failures is that they can take months or even years to manifest. They are marked by allowing water or moisture to infiltrate and damage exterior paneling, sometimes even allowing water into living spaces.
One common way that contractors cut time and costs, will be to avoid taping the house wrap as much as possible. This means that while the house wrap will be used as a basic moisture barrier, they won’t tape it around things like windows or doors, which is a moisture management problem waiting to happen. Whether it happens in one year or five, it will almost always happen. These failures can lead to rotting window frames, weakened door frames, and moisture intrusion into the living space, potentially creating mold.
These failures can be much costlier than appearance failures. They can lead to water damage and even structural damage from hidden water damage over time. This means you could potentially need your siding replaced, as well as extensive water damage recovery and repairs from the failure.
Work With A Local Leader In Siding Installation Success
One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t have to deal with the aftermath of installation failure is to partner with a trusted, local contractor that has an extensive track record of customer satisfaction. If you might be dealing with siding installation failure from another contractor, reach out and we can get started on helping you recover with as little headache as possible.