When you take a look at your home, if you are like most homeowners, you will view the roof and siding as two separate components. Yet, the two actually work hand-in-hand to keep your home protected from the elements. A good example of this is problems with vinyl siding can easily be caused by a faulty roof. Here are a few common signs of roofing issues that could easily be first apparent by problems with your vinyl siding. Take note of these issues and make sure if you do notice problems, you get in touch with a professional roofer who can offer advice.
Problem: Signs of water streaming down on the vinyl siding, such as discoloration.
Cause and Solution: If the metal flashing that is installed at the edges of the roof is either damaged or improperly installed, it will allow water from the roof to stream down onto the vinyl siding. Initially, this may be something that you don't believe should be a concern. However, over time, the constant leakage of streaming water can be damaging to the vinyl siding's appearance.
You may start to see discolored lines on the siding where the water has been making its way down. It is best to have a roofer come out and make the necessary flashing repairs or replacements right away to prevent a severe discoloration issue that will compromise the aesthetic appearance of the vinyl siding.
Problem: The vinyl siding is deteriorating from the inside out.
Cause and Solution: If the edge of the roof is not appropriately sealed with caulking so that water will be directly routed to the gutters and wicked away, it can allow water to make its way down under the vinyl siding. This water will saturate the underlying insulation and may eventually even show up inside of your house.
Water leaking into the underside of vinyl siding can also lead to deterioration of the vinyl siding itself from the inside out. The excess moisture will lead to mold and mildew buildup, which is never a good thing. Pay careful attention to any unusual spots of weakness on the outside of the siding, as this could point to an underlying problem. Additionally, if you notice that during periods of heavy rainfall you are not seeing a lot of water from the downspouts of your gutters, you need to get with a siding expert like Standard Roofing & Exteriors Ltd to determine where the water is going.