Often overlooked when prioritizing home improvement options, your home siding deserves more attention than is already given to it. In as much as siding may not be at the top of your home improvement priorities, it is essential to your home’s beauty, energy-efficiency, and integrity. A well-maintained, premium-standard siding significantly influences not just your home’s curb appeal but its value as well. Most significantly, your home’s siding is your first line of defense from the harsh elements.
Therefore, what’s the consequence when your siding begins to fade, crack, or show other signs of disintegration? Besides other things, you risk exposing your home to expensive yet unnecessary structural damage and extensive repairs. Once you notice these six telltale signs that it’s time to replace your home’s siding, it is better for you to take action promptly before your home suffers far-reaching damage.
Here are six telltale signs that it’s time to replace your home’s siding.
Cracked, warped or rotting siding
These are usually the most obvious signs that show the damage to your siding is far-reaching. Conduct a keen visual inspection of your home. From multiple angles, you were looking out for even small cracks that could indicate a much bigger problem. Poke around, does the solid layer beneath give way when poked? Suppose the rot below the cracked or warped portions of your siding, have it fixed immediately. When confronted with any proof that there may be serious damage beneath the siding, don’t hesitate to seek a consultation from a professional.
Blisters or bubbles on your siding
Blisters or bubbling underneath the surface of your siding is a red flag since they show that water has been trapped inside the siding. That means you have a moisture problem. Now that siding is meant to shield your home from moisture; this is a definite confirmation that your siding is no longer functioning as it is supposed to.
Fungus, mold or mildew on your siding
A consequence of moisture, beware of fungus, mold, or other kinds of growth that appear on your sidings, especially around the seams. Fungus, mold, and other growths grow wherever moisture is present. Therefore, their presence indicates water is seeping through your siding. In as much as not, all instances of fungus are cause for alarm; they’re certainly worth further investigation as it is better to be safe than sorry.
Severely faded siding
You know your siding weatherproofing is on its deathbed once it loses its color and becomes severely faded. A severely faded siding may not necessarily mean that your siding is totally failed, but it shows that it’s the right time to upgrade your siding before a problem gets out of hand. Nevertheless, all siding must eventually be replaced, and most types are built to retain their color for only as long as their rating. Fading is an indicator that your siding’s time is up.
Siding in need of frequent painting
Under normal circumstances, most homes need to be repainted every 8-10 years. As such, if you find yourself having to repaint your home much more frequently than that, for example, every 3-6 years, the problem must be the siding below. Peeling or chipping paint is a strong indication that it’s time to replace your siding. To mitigate this, consider siding with long-lasting paints that virtually need no maintenance. Also, consider having the high-quality vinyl siding.
Higher utility bills
When your energy bills skyrocket above the ordinary, multiple factors could be at play. Besides leaks in your attic, drafty windows, and faulty insulation, the bad siding could be a likely cause. The siding is supposed to help your home retain heat and cold, insulating it from the elements on the outside. Aging or damaged siding doesn’t cover adequately, and the consequence is reflected in your energy bill.
Less prominent signs of under-performance
It is possible that you may have no apparent signs of damage to your home’s exterior. Look out for subtle indications of under-performance. For example, if you notice drafts near walls and windows, or around switches and electrical receptacles, extra insulation and new siding could probably be the difference in eliminating drafts and saving you money on energy.
Aspen Home Improvements, specialists in siding repair and installation, is ready to give you a cost-free consultation, detailed estimates, and to provide accurate diagnoses concerning such problems. At Aspen Home Improvements, you are offered high-quality siding that is stronger and more abrasion resistance, easier to install and maintain. A lifetime warranty backs our door, window, and or roof installation. Do yourself and your home a favor by prioritizing new siding for your home improvement project this year with Aspen Home Improvements. We offer our Stellar Roofing services in the following areas; V Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. Call us today to join many happy clients we have served with satisfaction for 25 years.