The Nitty Gritty Facts About Masonite Siding

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Masonite siding is a commonly known type of siding that has been used on houses for centuries Masonite siding is a hardboard which is made from wood fibers which is used to prevent damage to the structure of a home.  In the year of 1925, a gentleman named William H. Mason patented the process that converts woo fiber into Masonite.  One of the biggest pros of Masonite siding was the fact that it is less harmful to the environment than cutting down trees to manufacture wood siding.

The con to masonite siding, however, is that over a long period of time, the exposure to the weather elements can break down the siding. Water is one of masonite worst enemies when it comes to the weather elements.  Masonite tends to rot or soften after overexposure to water which also leads to the infestation of insects. Another problem with an excess amount of water is the probability of mildew and mold growth which thrives on wet surfaces. If you do discover any of the following issues, be sure to have it fixed before it escalates too quickly.

Ways to repair masonite siding

Once you have examined your masonite siding and you see that it is still in decent shape the next step would be fixing any areas that need to be tended too.

  • One way to do this is by scraping off the compromised areas and apply primer over the affected areas.
  • Another way would be to caulk any cracks that may have shown up over time.
  • Applying putty onto the holes present in masonite can also help retain the structural stability.

However, if you discover that the masonite is beyond repair, replacement siding may be the most cost-effective option in the long run. Call the experts here at Hatch Homes today, to talk about your project goals with a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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