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Walls Category: Exterior Walls: Wood Siding

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How to maintain and protect your wood siding, some things to consider.

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In properly maintaining and protecting your wood siding, consider doing the following:

  • Trimming your vegetation so as to create a buffer zone between the vegetation and the wood siding.  Rotting of your wood siding may be caused by overgrown vegetation, such as plants and/or trees, touching and essentially overbearing the wood siding; the moist environment of watered plants and trees can cultivate an environment that ultimately leads to rotting wood.  So, ideally, new plants and trees should be planted away from the wood siding, and established vegetation should be trimmed so that about at least 2 feet of a buffer zone is created between the vegetation and the wooding siding, itself.

  • Maintaining your rain gutters / roof gutters.  Your wood siding will be subject to the

     

    outdoor elements 24/7.  It should not need to unnecessarily bear more exposure than is necessary, and this is especially true as to rain runoff.  Rain that runs down the roof should not run straight down on the wood siding but be drawn into rain gutters that will ultimately lead the water away from the house.  These gutters will not handle all the rain and, thus, some rain may splash onto the wood siding if the gutters are blocked with debris or are otherwise leaking due to having been damaged.  Therefore, make sure you check on the gutters to be free of debris and leaks.

  • Repairing small cracks in the siding before they grow into huge problems.  If you see a small crack in your wood siding, open the crack just a bit with a putty knife and stuff the underlying crack/hole with outdoor glue that is waterproof.  Then, like a bandage, use a generous amount of tape, such as duct tape, to temporarily mend the crack with the glued-on wood until the glue cures; remove the tape afterwards.  Failing to address such minor cracks now can surely lead to great rot infestation, requiring even the whole wall of wood siding to be replaced.

These are just some of the acts of maintaining and protecting your wood siding that you should consider doing.

Ed the Handyman

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