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Angie's List: Neighbor's windows melting your siding?

Solar distortion. That's what experts call it when a home's vinyl siding melts due to reflected sunlight off of the windows next door.

Experts say it's happening all across the country and costing individual homeowners thousands of dollars.

Vinyl siding is the most popular single-family home siding product in the United States. It's attractive, economical and durable, unless it's in the "hot zone" of a neighbor's energy efficient - windows.

"It's just a perfect confluence of events that leads to this. You have to have the right angle of the sun, so depending on the time of day, if the sun's high in the sky or not, we actually see more cases, we've been called out more in the winter time when the sun is lower," said siding professional, Judd Haag.

Energy efficient windows act like a magnifying glass, shooting the sun's rays like a laser beam onto the house next door.

"This has become such a problem that many of the vinyl siding companies are actually excluding damage from low e window reflection from their warranties," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.

"I kind of felt like our hands were tied, you know. We were kind of stuck with the situation and not really being able to fix it at the time until we got more information on how to do that," said homeowner, Maura Lewis.

Experts recommend installing exterior screens over the offending windows to diffuse the heat.

"Hopefully people have the mindset of being neighborly. I mean, we all want to sell our houses at one point and you really can't sell a house that has severe damage," said homeowner, Bill O'Patterson.

"It's probably going to become more and more prevalent, and unfortunately, builders are probably 'gonna try and keep their costs down and they're still 'gonna use the lower-cost vinyl siding. And unfortunately customers and homeowners are 'gonna have this problem popping up more and more," said Haag.

If you notice solar distortion on your home, Angie says to first talk to your neighbor and see if he or she will work with you.

If they agree to install screens or awnings, then you can contact your home-builder and ask if the company will cover the cost to fix your siding

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