Aside from your home’s roof, siding is its primary defense against the unforgiving elements, powerful storms and physical abuse that homes must endure all throughout the year. However, siding is also the facade of the house and needs to be aesthetically pleasing, as well as tough and durable. While modern siding materials are indeed very tough and last many years, improper siding installation or repair undermines these qualities and leaves your home open to a wide variety of potential risks. Outside of taking away from the appearance of the structure, improperly installed or repaired siding allows moisture inside the exposed skeleton of the walls and defeats nearly all of the appealing, protective properties of siding. Damaged siding produces the same outcome, presenting openings in the outer shell of your home and leading to larger, more costly repairs of both the internal structure and the siding itself, if left unaddressed.