We all know how important it is to have a roof over our heads. But what about a structures siding? Siding helps protect and waterproof our homes. However, it’s vulnerable to damage if plants, trees, or shrubs are placed alongside.
How Can Plants Damage Your Siding?
- The branches can scrape the sides of your home.
- As your siding wears away, scraping branches can cause premature failure of paint, vinyl, and aluminum.
- Trees and bushes can also create cracks where insects and other pests can get in. The leaves stuck in cracks can also end up leading to rot or mold.
- Bushes may trap moisture near the foundation, which can also lead to mold.
How Can You Protect Your Siding From Plant Damage?
Siding that’s damaged by plants, shrubs, or trees can go undiscovered for years. This is why it’s imperative that you visually inspect the exterior of your home every season.
- Pull away branches to look for scratches, dents, rot, and mold. TIP:East and north sides of homes tend to grow more mold!
- When planting new vegetation, give them plenty of room to grow, and try to keep them far enough away from your home!
- Trim your trees every 3 to 5 years.
- Hire a professional to perform scheduled maintenance throughout the year to check on your homes roofing and siding systems.
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