We had winds about 50 mph earlier this week, and one piece of aluminum
siding, 30 inches by 8 feet, narrow because it is the last one
installed, the vertical panel type that they use to cover t-111 (which
is what our houses were built with), came off my n'bor's house, and
blew over my gate and a total of maybe 40 feet to rest just in front
of my front door. This was added about 10 years ago when the house
was about 18 years old.
Does the fact that it came off mean that it wasn't installed right?
The answer seems obviously yes, but what do I know.
Also there is a whole n'hood of 12 year old houses a half mile from
here, which were built with siding in the first place, vinyl I think,
and several of them are missing pieces of siding, the kind that
imitates clapboards. Does that indicate cheap workmanship, cheap
siding, both, or maybe just high winds?
I sort of assumed that when properly installed the siding would stay
on until it looked so bad one would want to replace it. If I ever
get vinyl siding, I'll make sure I get a better installer if you say
that the installer here is the problem.
(One or two of these houses, of the 50 or so I regularly walk past,
also has a hole or two in the plastic siding at ground level. Where
someone hit it I guess, pretty clearly by accident. With good siding,
one would have to whack it on purpose with a hammer before it would
break, right? Or maybe they just hit it with a ladder and broke it.
Would good siding break that way?)