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   Because the nailing area is not visible on the completed home we look for symptoms of improper installation such as sagging or buckling. Often repairs to siding using exposed fasteners (called face nailing) will be present. This is not considered waterproof and interferes with the thermal expansion and contraction of the material. In the photo, below you can see where the panel buckles in both directions because it is trapped by the screw.

   You also want to keep your outdoor grill a good distance from the wall. An oval area of comically melted and sagging siding on the wall facing a back deck of a home is a sure sign of a barbecue boo-boo.

   Vinyl siding terminates into J-channels at window and door openings, corner boards, light fixtures, hose faucets, dryer vents and electrical disconnect boxes. Special individual mountings for these items are available and include mounting blocks. These strips not only help to waterproof the connections, but give the ends of the panels room to expand. Most vinyl siding is fashioned to look like ship-lapped wood siding, however the products are also available in wood shingle, beaded board, and board and batten styles.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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