How to Protect Your Bay Area Home From the Rain

How to Protect Your Bay Area Home From the Rain - siding contractor - Mares Dow

Spring showers are approaching the Bay Area, and with the downpour comes the potential for home structure damage. Siding contractors agree that your home may have weathered many storms, come rain, wind, and hail, but with enough time, even the strongest homes begin to take damage.

The importance of protecting your home from rain

Your home has multiple layers. From the inside out, there are four main layers: framing, sheathing, protective barrier, and siding. The framing and sheathing are typically made of wood, which are protected by the protective barrier and siding. Without protection, the inner layers of your home’s exterior walls would be exposed to the elements.

When wood is repeatedly exposed to water, it develops moisture issues that compromise its structure. Rot and mildew can eat away at your home’s structure until it needs a major repair. Once your home shows signs of interior rot, it’s too late to take preventative measures. You must secure your home’s safety early, before problems arise.

Protection starts with your home exterior

Before moisture can penetrate your home, confirm that your exterior layers are in good shape. You can’t see the protective barrier underneath your siding, but if your siding is intact, it’s a good be that your barrier is secure.

First, look for easy-to-spot damage from hail, sports balls, weed trimmers, and other blunt damage. Vinyl siding isn’t moisture tight, so once it’s compromised, moisture has an easy time seeping through. Wood siding is more susceptible to moisture, so be extra vigilant in your search. If there doesn’t appear to be any obvious damage, move on to the smaller areas. Check out areas with dried out caulking, where moisture can get through the gap.

Protect your home with fiber cement siding by Mares & Dow Construction & Skylights

One of the most protective siding materials is fiber cement. Its durability and water resistance makes it an all-time favorite of siding contractors and homeowners.

Contact your local siding contractor Mares & Dow Construction and Skylights today for help with repairing or replacing your siding. With over 40 years of experience, we install and replace fiber cement siding that’s as durable as it is beautiful.

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