Woodpeckers are resilient–especially New England ones. It is often impossible to repair siding once woodpecker damage has begun. Plus, it is expensive and high maintenance to replace cladding with masonite, wood, or vinyl. This guide will help you understand exactly how and why fiber cement siding is THE siding solution for those who live in heavily wooded areas and are susceptible to woodpeckers.
Why Do Woodpeckers Like Most Siding?
- Searching for Food: Woodpeckers are attracted to insects, and the insects are attracted to the water behind your siding. This is most represented in several small holes in close proximity to each other, making a pattern while chasing bugs.
- Perfect for Nesting: Woodpeckers love creating nests near pliable surfaces, like vinyl or rotted wood. Examples of this is large drilled holes that are filled with grass.
- Ideal for Storage: Like most animals, it is not uncommon for woodpeckers to store up food and other necessities in their nests. In constructing homes behind siding, their food and babies are not readily visible to other animals who could be prey.
- Helps with Mating: Woodpeckers call for a mate by using their beaks to make loud a drumming noise on a flat surface. Feeding and nesting next to siding puts woodpeckers in an excellent position to successfully breed.
Why Do Woodpeckers Hate James Hardie Siding?
- It is Rot Proof: When installed properly, no water will get behind the siding; therefore, there is no rot or moisture.
- It is Insect Proof: Without any moisture, bugs are not attracted to the siding or substructure.
- It is Woodpecker Proof: A woodpecker’s peak cannot penetrate or damage the fiber cement. They really don’t like our makeovers!
Let woodpeckers be your neighbors’ problem–not yours.
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