I have seen an increase in the number of problems related to
wood siding over the course of my experience in the construction
business — especially since I have become a
home inspector and construction consultant. If caught in
time, these problems may be confined to buckling and splitting
boards; they may be far more serious, however, if regular maintenance,
flashing, and other
details have not been given the
attention they require.
I first noticed the increase in wood siding failures in the late
1970s, just as insulating foam sheathing was gaining popularity.
It's true that most rigid foam sheathing is so effective that
it prevents the dissipation of moisture and heat