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This was the only townhouse in the development that had an extension on all three floors.  This extenson really makes the house.  It adds three great rooms, all 12x14'.  And it makes the house appear big because it is so deep and the extra windows add lots of light.

However, given the situation of the house to the sun, it is obvious that during certain months the sun's height in the sky produces reflected heat off a window.

This solar effect probably only happens between early May and late July.  But it happens.

Notice how the pattern expands a bit as it moves down the wall. 

Maybe the screen diffuses the light, and therefore the heat energy, spreading it a bit.

Or perhaps the lower end gets more light reflection, and therefore more heat, as the sun moves across the sky.

Either way, what is the fix for this?  This house is nine years old.  Should my client replace this siding tomorrow, in a few years, likely, this melting will return.  What you see here might have happened the first year and this is as much siding as will melt.

I think she will live with it.

What do you call something like this?  Character?  Well, it is the only house on the block with this feature!

My recommendation:  Sometimes houses come with conditions that you cannot do anything about.  That's the sort of thing you just have to live with.

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 19 commentsJay Markanich • June 28 2010 05:45PM

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Jay, but what happened to "vinyl is final?"  Kind of nice if you like the looks of grilled cheese:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

I like grilled cheese!  I really do...

What do you bet that happened in the first year and just never got worse thereafter?

Bummer Steve couldn't stay for the photo.  The four of you together would have been classic after all the back and forth!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, you could probably gauge the seasons according to the spot where the vinyl is the hottest.  Nice shot.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 8 years ago

Jack - I asked my client what she thought may have caused that.  She said, "Well, it's too high for a fire."  This time, apparently, it wasn't grill related!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

WOW never saw this before...I like your commentary...and like you say sometimes it is what it is...Thanks Jen

Posted by Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Well, Jen, it didn't sway my client!  It might be that this happened the first year of the house's life. 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

That explains some of the problems I've seen with vinyl. Barbecue presents another problem. I look forward to the next generation of siding products, like I want a black eye tomorrow.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

It's here now Glenn!  It's a composite material - good stuff.   http://www.jameshardie.com/index.html

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

There's a good video clip on this phenomenon here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdn2HrAWnyE

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

Jay - I saw that happen once before; I'd consider it a "beauty mark."

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

Mr Jay,

I would suggest a blue tarp, replace every few years.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Reuben - that was a good video but my post and discussion the other day on windows was better than his!

John - just doesn't happen to all the girls, does it?

Nutsy - not bad, but wouldn't it just be easier to slant the rear of the house a few degrees?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

hey Billy Jay..you could even use different colors of siding creating a sort of patchwork effect...mmmmm

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

Did you see my Billy's other post today Sally?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, but you know what Steve can be like trying to deal with Nutsy.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jay,

Great shot and interesting effect of solar energy.  I have a suggestion, place a solar panel right there, looks as if it will get some great energy ; )

 

Don

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Charlie - I have heard!

Don - you bet!  That would probably be enough to power, I don't know, a table clock?    (;>)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I have seen this a few times over the last 4 or 5 years. Here a re a few photos that a customer of mine sent me a few months after moving into the home. These were taken in December.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

Wow, Jim.  Imagine the reflection temperature 4' from a window!  When I was at this house the rear was in the shade, but I bet the temps get real hot!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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