4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Home’s Siding
Friday, April 27, 2018
When it comes to the siding on your house, you don’t want to mess around. Maybe you’ve walked around the structure and noticed some moldy spots, or some cracks and holes. Maybe your paint is peeling and you’ve thought “I’ll just give it a fresh coat next Saturday.” Although there is a time and place for repainting or patching small areas, there are other situations where it’s best to overhaul the siding for the health and integrity of your home. Here are four signs it’s time to replace your home’s siding.
1. Moisture Damage
Moisture can damage the siding in a few different ways. It can cause fungi to grow, leading to rotten siding underneath. This can damage the integrity of the walls and eventually eat through the outermost layer. If this more extreme form of rot hasn’t happened yet, you can check by sticking a screwdriver underneath the siding to see if it’s soft and crumbly. If it is, it should be replaced immediately to avoid even worse damage. Moisture damage can also lead to mold and mildew. Mold is actually a serious health hazard to you and your family – not to mention the structure.
2. Holes and Cracks
So how does that moisture get in and ruin everything? Well, one sure way is to leave the effects of cracked or torn up siding up to chance. If you have holes, cracks, or other impairments in your siding – whether from storms, age, or wear and tear – you’re inviting mold, fungi, bugs, and critters to come in, take off their coat, and stay a while. To keep your home not only looking great, but also solid and strong in the walls and foundation for years to come, start looking into replacing the siding once it starts looking like Swiss cheese.
3. Fading or Chipping Paint
If you feel like you’re constantly having to repaint your siding to keep it looking decent, save yourself a lot of time and money and replace the siding completely. You should never have to paint quality siding more often than every 8-10 years. Not only does faded, cracked, or peeled paint indicate low quality siding, it could also indicate moisture issues as mentioned previously. Rotten siding will bubble, buckle, and warp, splitting the layer of paint on top of the surface.
4. Rising Utility Bills
If you’ve noticed your heating or cooling costs rising and you’re not sure what’s changed, consider looking at your siding. Old, worn siding over cheap insulation may be letting your nice warm air out of the house and causing your system to work overtime. You can walk around your house and feel for drafts and cold spots on the walls, windows, switches, and outlets. If you find some, it’s possible that some decent quality siding with great insulation will keep your indoor temperature stable and save you money on your utility bills.
My Siding Needs to Be Replaced. Now What?
If you’ve discovered one or more of the above signs that your siding needs to be replaced, we’re here to help. Lifetime Windows and Siding has seen the best results with fiber cement siding for durability, beauty, and energy efficiency. We can walk you through your choices and options and help you feel informed and in charge throughout the entire process – guaranteeing your satisfaction with your new siding!