Do Climbing Plants Damage Siding? - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
Question by joe_wirtz
March 27, 2000
The front of my brick home is very plain and faces eastward. I would like to liven it up by planting a climbing perennial. I've recently heard that a study showed that ivies are no longer considered a threat to the brick and mortar. Is that true?


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Answer from NGA
March 27, 2000

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Yes, research has shown that ivies and peennial vines that cling to brick or wood with sticky pads do not cause damage. In some cases dampness can be a problem, especially with wood siding, if the vine holds a good deal of moisture against the wall. Since your exposure is east, the morning sun should dry things out enough to prevent problems.

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