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Siding Case Studies: When Woodpeckers Become a Problem

Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by Michelle Chambers

Challenge

What can we do, when the more than 20 different species of Woodpeckers set their sights on our beautiful dwellings causing upwards of an undetermined billion dollar amount in damage to our home exteriors?

First of all, why my house? Let's start there... 

Hey there's plenty of trees out there, why my siding?

Well, Woodpeckers do this for 3 specific reasons. Drumming at 20 hits per second, they are able to attract mates, communicate, and establish territories (as well as to get humans up off the couch or out of their beds at sunrise). They seem to love hollow objects. When it comes to your home, this includes their love for chimneys, rain gutters, flashing, storm collars, fascia, and trash cans, as well as any other object that may echo loudly around your home.

In all cases where woodpeckers have caused hole damage, it is recommended that holes be covered promptly with sheet metal or fine hardware cloth to reduce their attractiveness to that area in your siding. In addition to the above, they are in search of insects or their eggs that have been laid in the cracks and crevices of your home’s exterior. The cycle can be a frustrating one, but with new technology in the housing industry, Trinity Exteriors, Inc. offers several resolutions to send your fine feathered friends off to visit the cedar-shake home down the street instead of yours.

Solution

OK so that’s done, what’s my best course of action?

Fiber cement siding has quickly become the fastest growing home siding material in the past decade. While vinyl siding still dominates the U.S. market, it's steadily losing shares to fiber cement, stucco and brick, according to a recent study by building industry researchers at Freedonia Group, Inc. 

As the demand for fiber cement siding continues to climb, composites, like fiber cement, is now the new go-to product, having been on the market long enough to have solid testing and a track record that consumers can be confident with. Incredible durability, a beautiful array of low-maintenance colors that don’t appeal to woodpeckers, backed with excellent warranties it’s the next consideration in defending your home from its surrounding wildlife.

Whether it’s a beautiful bird, or pesky squirrels gnawing on your home’s exteriors, Ted Swanson, President of Trinity Exteriors recommends James Hardie fiber cement siding, which includes HardiePlank. “It’s technologically advanced when it comes to siding products and is my favorite because it looks like wood, comes in the latest color trends and rich hues, while remaining virtually maintenance-free with a great warranty,” said Swanson. “Besides the cosmetic and durability aspect, it’s also rot-proof, fire rated and resistant to wood-boring insects” added Kevin Hanson, Insurance & Restoration Consultant.

And what’s the Cost?

While Vinyl is still a paint free option to renewing your home’s exterior, vinyl can cost between $400 and $600 a square (1 square equal 100 square feet) and fiber cement is $900 to $1,200. At first glance, it seems steeper in price but weigh the odds. Your typical Woodpecker can do anywhere from $300 to $1000 in damage per incident, and vinyl is not always fool proof.  When you compare the advancements, and the warranties, as well as the technological strength against future storms, aging, and insect possibilities, you’ll see why more and more American homes are requesting James Hardie fiber cement as their smarter option.

Pick up the Phone.

When trying to seek a more permanent solution to all the elements of Mother Nature (whether Wildlife or wind damage), contact our Trinity Exteriors sales team for top advice. Our advisors are standing by, ready to help assess any damage to your home’s exterior from top to bottom, or simply walk you through the array of choices for a new make-over! Headquartered in Eden Prairie and backed by a staff & advisory team with over 150 accumulative years’ experience in the restoration industries. Trinity is proud of its commitment to quality and service with 5-star ratings across the board and backed by the Better Business Bureau. Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling Michelle at 612.315.9868.

 

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