New Wave Siding

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

You probably like staring at ocean waves because they are so calming.  How about new wave siding! 

Reeeel perty, ain't it?

This is the result of an unprofessional installation.  This installer did not know what he was doing.  Three of the houses in this row look like this one.  I imagine the siding on all three was all installed by the same guy(s).

I call this work "7-11 Construction."  You simply cannot pick up "siding professionals" in the morning at 7-11 and expect quality work.  This kind of amateur work is the bane of this area.  It is why I find more problems on new construction than old.

 

This house is only 2 years old!

Vinyl siding can expand and contract almost 1/2" during the course of hot and cold days.  It is said that siding should be hung and not nailed.  Siding has slits along the top to give room for the nail to find a stud, yet still allow the siding to slide back and forth along the nail.  The trick is to leave the nail "proud" of the surface about 1/8 - 1/4".  If you nail it too hard, the vinyl cannot move as it needs to, and, obeying physics, it will be forced to move erratically as you see here.

This is a good quality siding.  What do you think accounts for the distinct 30 degree line from left to right?

I SEE WARPED SIDING LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME!!  It represents incredibly unprofessional and very amateur work.  It is typical of 7-11 construction.  It's one way you can tell a good builder from a bad one.  Good builders only employ qualified subcontractors.  Qualified subcontractors know what they are doing.  It is that simple.

My recommendation:  Take a look at any vinyl siding.  See if you can detect any anomalies in how it hangs or fits together one piece to another.  Make sure it isn't "New Wave Siding..."

 

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainer
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Kim Curran
RE/MAX Unlimited of Northern Virginia - Bristow, VA

WOW- I have never seen siding like that and I gotta say, hope I never do.

July 30, 2009 07:40 PM #1
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Jay--what a disaster for the neighborhood.  My hubby & I have been working on siding our barn this summer.  I hope it stays there forever>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

July 30, 2009 07:45 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Mary - it will if it is Old Wave.

Kim - I see it all the time!  By the way, I go to Lu's Barber Shop right beside your office!  I'm right up the street - call me!

July 30, 2009 07:48 PM #3
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Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Wow that is quite an eyesore- I have seen this in my area on new construction and in almost every single case the buyers did not even want to go into the home.

We also have a lot of cases where people have their grills too close to the vinyl and burn them- not so much the contractors fault though.

July 30, 2009 07:54 PM #4
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Gosh Jay,
I don't think those boys were found at the Seven Eleven ... I think they were found at Das Pub.
Sue

July 30, 2009 07:56 PM #5
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jay, is that an installation issue or some kind of overheating by reflection?

July 30, 2009 08:00 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Hence the line, Mr. Shadow!  The sun moves from left to right, in the picture.  It is on that wall only a couple of hours a day, and only in certain times of the year.  Windows do such damage a lot to siding, when it is hung incorrectly!

Das Pub, perhaps, Sue, but unprofessional either way!

Christine and Jennifer - yes, grills do a lot of damage too!  I see that a couple of times a week.  It is the kind of mistake that when made, one probably slaps their forehead for the obvious mistake not thought about before hand!  There is only one fix to this problem - replace the siding.  The problem is, the new stuff, even if the same brand and color, will not be the same color as the product still on the house.

 

July 30, 2009 08:06 PM #7
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

That's what I like about you Jay, you always seem to get my point.

July 30, 2009 08:51 PM #8
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Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector

Hey Jay I came across this a couple months ago on the second story of a home. I figured it was caused by the sun reflecting off windows. So it's a combination of that and siding that's been installed tight?

July 31, 2009 10:19 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Right Vince.  Amazing how much energy glass reflects the heat, isn't it?

July 31, 2009 10:42 AM #10
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Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector

It is. Here's the photo I took. Not as dramatic as yours but I think the same issue.

wavy siding

July 31, 2009 12:19 PM #11
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I think you're right Vince.  Notice how defined the problem is.  Reflected heat is real heat!  Remember magnifying glasses and bugs?

July 31, 2009 01:00 PM #12
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I have seen the same thing from window reflection warping the siding. Notice the date in the photo. It was a cold day.

July 31, 2009 07:58 PM #13
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

James - reflective heat is amazing, especially off of windows.

July 31, 2009 08:47 PM #14
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Jay I don't think I've ever seen one that bad or at least that distinct.  Nice photo.

August 01, 2009 10:51 PM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Jack - this was a short sale.  Surprisingly, inside, things went pretty well.

August 02, 2009 05:17 AM #16
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