How to Tell When to Replace Your Siding
Maintain the Exterior of Your Home
Siding is one of the most important features of your home and you should make it a point to ensure that it is well maintained. If it is not, then your home becomes susceptible issues like lackluster curb appeal, energy loss, mold, mildew, and nesting pests. In order to avoid problems like these, you need to be aware of the warning signs that exist with your siding that lets you know it time to replace it. At Precision Home Products, our siding experts have years of experience in the field and have come across plenty of bad siding examples over that time. Let our knowledge work for you by helping you determine when you need replacement siding on your home.
The Siding Warning Signs:
- High Energy Bills: Home siding performs many jobs, including helping to optimize the energy performance of your home. As one of the largest exterior parts of your home, modern siding has been designed to combat heat transfer on a daily basis. A continuous rise in your energy bills is a clear sign that siding replacement is on the horizon.
- Rotting or Warping: Siding in this condition should be replaced immediately. Rotting and warping typically signify that moisture is collecting behind the siding. This doubles as damage to your siding and the material beneath it, which can result in wood rot to your walls.
- Cracked or Loose Siding: Cracks in your siding or siding that is coming loose produces a gap in your home’s defense, which makes it susceptible to moisture collecting behind it. This can cause major damage the wood beneath your siding and lead to the growth of mold and mildew.
- Loose Wallpaper or Peeling Paint Inside: Ineffective siding can affect the interior of your home as well. Signs of this are when your paint or wallpaper starts peeling or becomes loose, which could mean that enough water has infiltrated and saturated the walls and has begun to bleed through to the other side. This causes the wallpaper or paint on the other side to peel or loosen.
- Fungus, Mold, and Mildew Growth: When fungus, mold, or mildew starts growing at the seams of your siding or around the edges, it’s a sure sign that water has collected behind it. If you notice this during a routine inspection, then you should contact an expert that can locate the point(s) of entry or replace the system. Consequently, these issues can cause severe health issues so it’s best to have the home inspected and treated by a professional.
- Bubbled or Blistered Siding: Constant exposure to heat or moisture can cause your siding to bubble or blister. This is also commonly seen with improperly installed siding.
Other Siding Signs to Watch For
Another sign to watch out for is fading color. This is especially true with vinyl siding since the color is ingrained in the material. Siding that has lost its color is typically reaching the end of its lifespan and since vinyl siding cannot be painted, homeowners are often left with replacement as their only course of action. It’s also good to make sure you know the age of your siding since that can provide excellent insight into how close it is to the end of its lifespan. To learn more about siding and the wonderful insulated vinyl siding we carry, contact us today and schedule a free consultation!