'This is referred to as 'thickness swell.' This may occur along the edges, joints, around nails, or throughout the entire panel,' commented Todd Rhyne, founder of Rhyne Restoration.
Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) March 23, 2014
Rhyne Restoration advises that after a major storm, it is normal to inspect the roof and gutters but many are unaware of the extent of storm damage to the siding on their homes. Water and moisture infiltration can cause house siding to expand, mold, deteriorate, warp, buckle, etc. However, many problems can be remedied if caught early on.
System for inspection of your siding:
Look for Edge Cracks and Discoloration. Damage occurs most commonly around chimneys, nearest the ground, where roofs dead end at walls, and where gutters are present, check there first. Inspect the bottom edges of house siding. Dew tends to settle on the bottom edge and absorb into the entire panel. A major storm can cause storm damage much faster than normal deterioration. If there are cracks ("edge checking"), chipping of the laminate ("delamination"), or rot ("fungal degradation"), moisture has entered house siding.
Compare for Extra Thicknesses or Swelling. Inspect the panels up under the eaves and then compare with the panels nearest the ground. When siding absorbs moisture, the panels thicken or swell. This is referred to as "thickness swell." “This may occur along the edges, joints, around nails, or throughout the entire panel and can be more prevalent as storm damage” commented Todd Rhyne, founder of Rhyne Restoration.
The Fool Proof Thumb Pressure Test. When no visual storm damage is present, simply push on the house siding with an extended thumb. If the siding indents at all, there is damage.
House siding damage is usually due to moisture and/or poor installation. Siding can start to deteriorate within 5 to 10 years; however, damage occurring as early as 2 years is not uncommon.
Storms, especally major storms can exacerbate the damage. High winds and blowing rain can force water into siding and cause major damage that can be repaired if caught quickly.
For more information, contact Rhyne Restoration 404-205-2505.