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Siding Damage from Poor Architecture

Location: Harding Township, New Jersey

About This Project

Your home’s architecture should be a protective shield against the elements, but when the roof design falls short, it can inadvertently become a source of trouble. Poor roof architecture can pave the way for water damage, ultimately resulting in siding rot. Here is a project we recently worked on in Harding Township, New Jersey, where this exact problem occurred.

 

When we first got the call from our client, she was reaching out with a concern about stains where her roof rake and siding meet and explained to us that it looked like there was some rotting at the rake.

 

Once we went to the home for an inspection, it was clear the roof rake was rotten and there was water damage behind the siding. The roof rake was moldy, as well as mold behind the siding. The way the architect or builder designed this roof was incorrect and resulted in the roof running right into the siding, which should never occur. This is an issue that the homeowner ignored, thinking that it was not a severe issue. When observing your home for any signs of rot or water damage, check for stains and any signs of rotting wood. Stains on the home are often overlooked, however, there is usually a more significant issue lying underneath. 

 

Our team was hired for the job, and once we got there, the mold was much farther down than we had expected, and the homeowner decided to replace the entire section with new siding. 

 

We ripped the old wood from the rotten section, replaced the wood and rake, and laid new hydrogap underlayment, which is self-adhesive, and new siding. Where the roof meets the siding, we added a piece of azek, a trim material that acts as a water barrier. The azek will also help divert the water. We lastly added a conductor head and leader so the water will have a place to run properly instead of flowing directly into the siding.



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