WOOD TRIM and SIDING ISSUES
The siding and wood trim issues that are observable in the photos below are attributable to a variety of potential errors in the original construction: missing sheet metal flashing, poor attachment, missing caulking, and failure to “back-prime” the wood before installation (i.e. paint the back side). One of the most common problems in the construction industry is the installation of wood materials before they are “back-primed.” Exterior wood trim, even when painted on the front side, will develop problems if and when water gets behind it. Wood that is unpainted absorbs moisture – including directly from the air – causing it to continually swell, shrink, twist or buckle with humidity changes. When wood becomes sufficiently saturated with water, it will eventually lead to the type of wood rot seen in the photos below.
DISCLAIMER: The photos above are for illustration and reference purposes only. Your home may or may not have the issues represented above, and no legal representations, guarantees or warranties are made with respect to the ability to recover for the same or similar issues. The existence of a defect or construction problem, including those illustrated above, does not necessarily mean that there is a legal basis for recovery. There are several statutes of limitations, statutes, laws and building codes which will impact a homeowner’s ability to assert a claim and recover damages or other legal relief. Homeowners should direct specific questions to a qualified attorney.