Vinyl siding is a wonderful invention. It has saved countless homeowners, like myself, from the drudgery of painting their homes every few years. But did you know that sometimes vinyl siding is noisy? And for a few people, the noise can make them think that they have wildlife in their homes?
Characteristics of Vinyl Siding
It turns out that when vinyl siding heats up it can expand almost 1/2 an inch for every 12 feet of length.
It’s the expansion that explains why there are seams in the siding. The installers have to ensure there is enough overlap so the siding doesn’t buckle when it heats up. What that means for you is sometimes when the vinyl is heating up, it can drag and scrap against other siding or in the track. The resulting noise may make you think that you have animals. Noises can also occur when the siding becomes loose as shown near the eave below the chimney in the picture at the right.
So if you hear some squeaking sounds on a hot summer day and the noise is coming from the sunny side of the house, and you have vinyl siding, go outside and check. It might be that your vinyl siding is noisy.
Additional Inspection Resources
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