Common Causes of Siding Problems

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Let’s look at the most common causes of home siding problems. These are the issues we run into most often, which require either repairs or entirely new siding. Then, we’ll offer our services as Minneapolis’ #1 James Hardie Siding installation company.

The Most Common Siding Problems

There are several forms of siding damage, which can manifest differently depending on the material you have. One reason we prefer James Hardie Siding is because you can avoid the things you almost always encounter with wood or vinyl sources.

These are damages you’ll most likely find with your home siding.

Signs of Siding Damage

  • Warping, Cracking, & Buckling
    • Vinyl siding, in particular, has a problem with warping and buckling, especially if you hang it too tightly. You might also find damages like these whenever tree branches or if a hail storm comes through your area causes chips or cracks in your siding at some point.
  • Moisture Trouble
    • Minnesota has a fairly wet climate. From snow in the winter to major rain storms in the summer, we get a lot of moisture here. Moisture can be devastating to siding, windows, and other exterior components where you might suffer leaks, wood rot, and microbial overgrowth.
  • Fading
    • UV rays from the summer sunshine can eventually take their toll on your home siding. Sometimes you can address this with fresh paint at least until it results in cracking or chipping. If you have vinyl or steel siding, the only way to solve fading is to reside.
  • Lost Energy Efficiency
    • No siding materials lasts forever, and when it deteriorates, you’re bound to have higher power bills. One of the primary reasons homeowners decide to replace their siding is to regain better energy efficiency.
  • Pest/Bird Degradation
    • Again, this is worse with wood, which is vulnerable to woodpeckers, carpenter ants, and other unwanted pests. Both wood and vinyl are also more vulnerable to bacteriological problems like mold and algae (going back to the moisture problem).

Reasons to Upgrade to James Hardie Siding

Wouldn’t you like to protect your home with something much sturdier and reliable?

Fortunately, you can achieve years of durability with James Hardie Siding, our feature installation product. There are a plethora of reasons to select their brand of fiber-cement siding, but we’ll share a few brief examples here.

  • It’s among the most durable siding materials on the market.
  • You won’t have to worry about woodpeckers chewing through it.
  • There are dozens of gorgeous color selections.
  • Many homeowners use it to increase home value and curb appeal.
  • It’s resilient enough to endure the summer heat or winter frost.
  • James Hardie has tremendous manufacturer warranties to go along with our excellent service warranties.

Why Should I Only Hire an Elite Preferred James Hardie Siding Installation Crew?

It’s not enough for us to simply “like” installing James Hardie Siding. In the year 2000, Craftsman’s Choice became an Elite Preferred installer for their fiber-cement siding products. That’s significant for two reasons:

  1. It puts us in the top 3% of James Hardie installers.
  2. We can install Hardie boards correctly, which is difficult since they come in different sizes compared to other brands.

In other words, if you want to upgrade your siding AND ensure proper assembly, then you should hire us for fiber-cement siding installation. You can learn more about hiring the right company by reading our previous article on how to know you’re working with a high-quality siding contractor.

Resolve All Common Siding Problems with the Help of Craftsman’s Choice

So, if you’re a Minneapolis homeowner and recognize some of these frustrating siding issues, then don’t hesitate to call us for help. You don’t have to put up with 30-year-old, dilapidated vinyl siding any longer when everyone else in your neighborhood is adding something way better.

We’re Minneapolis’ most reliable service contractor for James Hardie Siding, GAF shingle systems for roofs, window replacement, door replacement, and more. Our consistent, 20+ year track record of stellar customer service is the main reason we earn laudatory feedback from our previous clients on Google Reviews.

Contact Craftsman’s Choice today for permanent solutions to these common siding problems.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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