Ask the Inspector: Exterior Siding

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Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

Siding is a key part to the exterior inspection. Because siding is highly visible, its condition is a big factor in the salability of the house. Siding is designed to protect the house from rain, snow, wind, cold and/or heat. When it cannot keep the elements out, energy bills sky-rocket and the house structure is exposed to decay.

A qualified property inspector will inspect your home's siding as a part of a general home inspection. An inspector will first note the type of siding on your home (brick, vinyl, stucco, exterior plywood, etc.). A professional will then check the condition of the exterior surface, including the presence/absence of any cracks, blisters, chips, evidence of moisture intrusion and improper installation practices.

Each siding type and style reacts differently to weather conditions and age. A professional will note any areas in need of maintenance and recommend repairs.

For more information on home inspections, commercial property inspections or to locate an inspector in your area, go to www.npiweb.com.

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