POSTED: 02:44 p.m. HST, Mar 28, 2014 LAST UPDATED: 03:40 p.m. HST, Mar 28, 2014
Hawaii residents are lucky enough to have sunshine and beach weather nearly year-round, but the Islands' wonderful climate can actually be hurting your home.
“Hawaii has salt air and water rot, also known as dry rot,” explained Bill Lyden, owner of Lyden Siding. “It's from the water, and the wood is just under duress.”
Since 1976, Lyden Siding has been providing Hawaii homeowners with affordable home siding that protects abodes from the elements. Siding on homes not only shields the wood from moisture, but it also deters insects that breed in those moist places. Siding seals your home as well, which allows the wood to dry, and it reduces exterior maintenance costs, as the cost for scraping and painting one's home each year adds up.
Lyden noted that vinyl siding is an especially good choice for Hawaii, as it allows the wood beneath the siding to breathe and release moisture. Additionally, any moisture that's been retained for years breathes out through the siding, but new moisture cannot get in. This means that the wood lasts twice as long as it would if you had no exterior siding.
“Nowadays, people don't paint their homes every year, so they really start to deteriorate,” Lyden said. “People forget about maintenance. They're getting to work, fighting traffic — they don't take the summer off and paint the house every year. It gets to be bad where it's hard to paint.”
In addition to protecting homes from weather-related damage, vinyl siding also is used on houses with lead paint. Lyden recalled a time when he put up siding for Marine base homes, which were covered in lead paint.
“Vinyl siding was cheaper than scraping off the lead and disposing of the lead,” he said. “We covered the lead, and they never have to paint again. You protect the house, and the siding breathes.”
One notable property Lyden worked on was Duke Kahanamoku's former home in 1980. He also has worked on Palama Settlement, which fell victim to lead paint deterioration.
“The biggest thing is that we're here,” Lyden noted. “We go out and fix whatever anybody needs, and they're not even our jobs …. we know the houses and what they need.”
Over the years Lyden and his team have learned how to do the job right based on Hawaii's climate, circumstances and people.
“All we've ever done is worked here (in Hawaii). We've figured it out,” he added. “We're really good at our trade. We're just trying to take care of folks. Not many companies have been around this long, and everybody is a satisfied customer.”