In the realm of new construction home inspections, every detail can hold the key to a property's enduring quality. During a recent assessment conducted by LunsPro Home Inspections, Ashi-Certified Inspector Britt B. turned his attention to the butt joints of fiber cement siding, uncovering an essential lesson in siding installation.
The siding in question boasted neatly applied caulk along several areas of the butt joints. While this might seem like a reasonable approach to sealing joints, it's worth noting that caulk is a maintenance item that requires periodic reapplication every few years. As a result, relying solely on caulk can lead to ongoing upkeep and potential vulnerabilities over time.
Inspector Britt B. highlighted an alternative method that promotes both longevity and durability. Rather than relying solely on caulk, a roofing felt measuring about 4 inches wide can be placed behind the butt joints. This approach provides added protection against moisture intrusion and minimizes the need for frequent maintenance.
Britt B.'s observation underscores the importance of choosing sustainable installation practices. LunsPro Home Inspections remains dedicated to providing homeowners with comprehensive insights that empower informed decisions about their properties. By adopting techniques that enhance durability and reduce future maintenance, homeowners can enjoy peace of mind and a more enduring investment.