Siding Failure – Signs and Symptoms
Siding Failure: Sawdust or Sponge?
If you live in or near Portland, you might already be familiar with the siding-related problems which resulted in class-action lawsuits over a decade ago. These wood composite siding products (made by Lousiana Pacific, Masonite and Weyerhaeuser) were made of wood chips, pressed together with resins into lap and panel siding.
As it turns out, this product does not stand up to our unique Portland weather. Trapped and captured moisture deteriorates the siding due to poor engineering. Left unchecked, this moisture will turn your siding into fungus-ridden mush! In addition, toxic fungus begins to grow inside the siding itself, spreading into your walls and support structure, eventually penetrating through your drywall and into your living areas. By the time you start to smell it, the damage is done.
Another major siding failure known to many in this state is EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish System) or synthetic stucco. EIFS utilizes a thick insulation board installed on top of plywood before the finishing surface is applied. Moisture gets trapped behind EIFS and the foam insulation traps water and moisture against the plywood sheathing. With enough moisture, the result is massive dry-rot and thousands of dollars in structural damage to your home.
First Oregon Exteriors’ will provide expert analysis of your current siding problems and will explain to you exactly what your home needs.
Take the Siding Test
Take your own siding test on your house: Stand at least ten feet away from the side of your home. If the siding looks bulbous, it has been sopping up water. Are the edges that used to be straight now rough and dumpy? Are the nails sinking inwards as the boards expand with mildew? Are there cracks in the stucco at corners and windows? Your siding is prematurely failing because either the product has failed or the installation was done incorrectly and time has exposed one or the other…or both!
If you have cedar siding, you may notice cracked paint allowing water to saturate into the wood, causing dry rot. The siding will begin to cup and curl, allowing rain to enter the wall. Much heat is generated on the southwest walls of homes in Portland and if these exterior walls are not checked every 5 years the cedar becomes damaged past recovery and will need to be replaced.
Relax. We’ve replaced the siding on hundreds of homes in Oregon just like yours. Read our rave reviews. The bad siding we’ve stripped off houses in this state, stacked piece on piece, would reach higher than Mount Hood!
We are adamant about removing failed wood, wood composite (LP, Weyerhaeuser and Masonite) and EIFS because our experience has made us aware of all the serious consequences involved with leaving it on your home.
You’ll appreciate our response to your concerns. Our strength comes from the fact that we use the highest quality products: James Hardie Siding Products, Milgard Windows, Azek Trimboards, Lakeside Lumber’s cedar siding & trim, DuPont Tyvek Drainwrap and matching components, and Sherwin Williams paints. Discover the personal attention you’ll receive with our Installation Procedures.
Call 1st Oregon Exteriors for a free estimate to replace your failing siding now, or request a bid with this online form.