5 Signs You May Want to Consider Replacing Your Siding
Wondering if your siding needs to be replaced? Here are a few tips to get you started looking a bit closer at your own situation. If you check a few boxes, you may want to consider taking the next step and getting a free estimate with us!
It Constantly Needs to be Repainted
Peeling, chipped, or cracked paint on your home’s siding is a good indication that it’s time for a replacement. Quality siding should maintain its original color for an average of 8-10 years. Needing to repaint prior to that time frame is likely a sign of underlying issues, so it’s best to make the switch to better-quality siding before the situation continues to worsen.
Gaps and Cracks
Siding helps prevent water from seeping into the structure of the house, and if your panels are littered with gaps and cracks they can’t perform at their best. Not to mention, where water can enter, so can insects and critters (think mice and termites). To save the overall integrity of your house, replacing cracked siding is crucial.
Moisture, Mildew, and Mold
If water happens to already be seeping into your home, you might be seeing the growth of some mildew, fungus, or even mold. Make sure to check your home’s siding, especially near the seams, to check for growth. While growth itself isn’t a cause for immediate alarm, it’s easier to take care of the issue sooner than later and if your siding is letting moisture into your home it’s best to start there.
Your Siding Panels are Bulging, or Warped
Similar to cracks, warped or bulging siding is another factor that could contribute to moisture and weather damage. When inspecting the warped siding, check underneath the panel to see if the underlayer feels wet or not. If it’s wet, it’s an indication of water damage or rot and that it’s time to replace your siding.
Your Energy Bills are Increasing
If your energy bills are going up, it’s best to first look at your roof or attic for any issues. Once you rule out those areas, it’s time to inspect your siding. Damaged or underperforming siding combined with poor wall insulation could be the letting excess warm or cool air into your harm causing your thermostat to work overtime.