One of the typical problems that homeowners have to deal with their siding is woodpecker damage. There are several reasons why this happens. For one, siding makes a perfect home for a woodpecker nest, especially during the breeding season. Another reason is the bird might be looking for insects to eat or planning to store food in the hole.
While woodpeckers drilling on homes is seasonal, this can damage your home’s exterior in the long run if left unaddressed. But with the right siding material, you can prevent this from happening in the first place.
Advanced Roofing Inc., your trusted roofing installation contractor, recommends fiber cement siding, and here’s why:
Features of Fiber Cement Siding
Quality fiber cement siding from James Hardie® is built to be woodpecker resistant. Since it is made of cement, sand, and cellulose, it’s difficult for the birds to drill a hole in, making it impossible to store food and create a nest inside. Furthermore, because fiber cement is durable, it doesn’t allow woodpeckers to drum, which they usually do on wood siding. Therefore, it won’t attract a mate.
That said, fiber cement siding allows you to enjoy the natural appeal of wood without the unwanted side effects. As your reliable roof maintenance company, Advanced Roofing can help you choose the perfect fiber cement siding for your home.
Features of Other Types of Siding
While other siding materials perform well in terms of strength and beauty, some of them don’t fare well against woodpeckers. Cedar is the most vulnerable material option because its earthy tones attract the birds, and it’s easy to drill holes on its surface. The holes are usually quarter- to half-dollar sized and quit deep, which can easily compromise your siding’s defenses.
Wood composite also tends to draw woodpeckers in. Although the birds are less likely to drill this siding material, you may detect small holes because of drumming. Vinyl, on the other hand, can be a good alternative. But if your fascia is made of wood, the birds may attempt to peck and create a nest there, which could cause damage and add to your emergency roof repair cost.
When you turn to Advanced Roofing Inc. for your siding needs, you can rest easy knowing that your home stays safe and protected for years to come. Contact us at (630) 521-3573 to get a free estimate. We serve Plainfield, IL, as well as neighboring communities in Illinois.