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3 Tips To Prevent Your Siding From Rotting

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Even though many types of siding are designed to last for many years, there are various environmental factors that you have to consider when looking at the lifespan of your siding. For example, many homeowners find themselves dealing with rotting siding, which can come from too much moisture. These are a few helpful tips that can help prevent you from dealing with this problem.

1. Choose a Rot-Resistant Type of Siding

First of all, you should know that certain types of siding are much more prone to rotting than others. For example, siding that is made out of wood is one of the main types of siding that has this problem. Consider choosing steel siding, for example, so that you don't have to worry about rotting. Regardless of the type of siding that you do choose, consider looking for seamless siding or siding that has as few seams as possible; this provides less of a chance for moisture to seep in between the pieces of siding, which can help prevent water damage.

2. Install Roof Overhangs

One thing that you should consider talking to a roofing contractor about is installing roof overhangs. This helps direct water away from the side of your home rather than allowing it to trickle off of your roof and into the gap between the side of your home and your home's siding. If this water isn't directed away from your home, you have to worry about the moisture getting underneath your siding and causing rotting and other issues, which can really add up over time.

3. Prevent "Splashback"

Even though a lot of people think about installing gutters and roof overhangs, many never think about the "splashback" that can occur when the water hits the ground, even if it's directed far enough away from the house. Depending on the surface below, the water could "bounce" or "splash" back up onto the side of the home, causing the side of the house to look dirty and causing potential mold, mildew and rotting. Ensuring that the water lands on a softer, more absorbent surface can help with this, such as if you surround your home with mulch.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take as a homeowner who wants to prevent your siding from rotting. Follow these three helpful tips, and you can preserve your siding and the side of your home from water damage. Contact a business, such as Custom Exteriors, for more information.