Melted siding

madmackerOctober 26, 2012

Our house is 5 years old and we just noticed that the siding behind our built in oven is melted. Our builder was very incompetent and was eventually fired but I am wondering what he might have done/not done for this to happen. I really don't want a house fire so need to get this figured out. Thanks.

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ncrealestateguy

A lot of melted siding is caued by the reflection off of a nearby window... even the neighbors window can cause this. I see this phenomena every once in a while. And at certain times of the year, at certain times of the day, if I walk behind my own home, I get a very hot burning sensation on my face. I found out that it was the reflection off of the window.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 2:55PM
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brickeyee

It is rather unlikely a zero clearance residential oven can generate enough heat to affect exterior siding.

Their is still some type of insulation and sheathing in the path.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 3:19PM
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phoggie

Just asking....because I saw this happen to someone's house... Was someone using a grill too close to the house?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 11:04PM
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madmacker

No, it is nowhere near where anyone was using a grill. I think it is melting from the oven somehow but not sure why. Like I said, our contractor might not have put the needed material behind the oven. Not sure what should be behind it. Guess we are going to have to pull off the siding and see what's there.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 11:37AM
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brickeyee

" Guess we are going to have to pull off the siding and see what's there."

It might be easier to pull the oven.

At least they are designed to be removable for servicing.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2012 at 2:55PM
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renovator8

An oven that would melt any construction material is defective so you should call an appliance repair person. If the melted siding (PVC?) is on the outside, it was likely the result of an exterior heat source unless the wall has no exterior sheathing or interior finish.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 10:27AM
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millworkman

I would agree completely with Renovator8, house would have to mess construction wise for the oven to melt exterior siding.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 11:17AM
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ncrealestateguy

Google melting siding and you will see that this problem caused by windows is a real and increasing problem. Like I said, I see it about once or twice a year, and it is caused by the relection from a nearby window.
Ovens are insulated themselves. I don't think they get very hot on the outside. Just touch the oven door... cool to the touch. look for a nearby window as a culprit.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2012 at 1:47PM
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millworkman

Or a neighbors window if the homes are close together!

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 9:59AM
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worthy

As noted above, melted vinyl siding from reflection is not uncommon. Lots of pics.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 10:52AM
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madmacker

Okay, well thanks for everyone's help on this. Our window guy will be back out in a week or two to replace a couple of windows and I will check with him then and see what he has to say about the whole thing. Not sure what can be done about it if it is the windows.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 10:11PM
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brickeyee

"Not sure what can be done about it if it is the windows."

It is NOT usually YOUR windows, it is a neighbors window.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 11:21AM
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madmacker

Well, our closest neighbor is about 1/4 mile away so I can't blame it on them!!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 9:36PM
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ncrealestateguy

If you have an L - shaped part of the home, it COULD be coming from your own window that is located on the wall that is 90 degrees away from the part of the home that is getting melted.
Hope that makes sense.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 10:34PM
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