How to Know if It’s Time to Replace Your Siding
When it’s first installed, your siding will feel like it’s going to last forever. Unfortunately, siding has a limited lifespan that can be shortened by nature, bad luck, climate, and material choice. You might choose to replace your siding when remodeling your home. If a remodel isn’t in the works, make sure you check for these signs that it’s time to replace your siding before any significant problems like wall or interior damage begin.
Skyrocketing Utility Bills
If your utility bills have suddenly jumped for no good reason, your siding may be at fault. Skyrocketing bills warrant a seasonal inspection of your home both inside and out. Use this warning to check for leaking pipes, functioning thermostats, missing roof tiles, and insulation, and missing or damaged siding.
Breaks or Falling Pieces
Vinyl siding will be the more common type of siding to show breakage since while highly resistant to moisture damage, this material can be more brittle and prone to cracking. If you’re lucky, the breaks may be minimal and you may be able to replace small sections of this siding instead of larger siding installation.
Wood or fiber-cement siding may also break, or fall away from the house creating gaps. Falling siding is often the result of a poor installation, something that may not be easily visible at first. If the initial installation was not done well, you may want to consider a full replacement. If the falling or breakage is limited to a single piece or two, this is more likely simple luck or the elements and you can again manage a small area repair.
Rotting or Warping
Rotting or warped siding can indicate a more serious problem. While again, small areas of this siding may be repairable, you will not want to miss any more extended signs of damage. Rotting and warping can be signs that your siding is the wrong material for your climate. For example, you may want to replace wood siding with a composite board that is more resistant to moisture and temperature.
In addition to indicating the wrong material for the job, rot in siding can spread if untreated. Be sure to check the underlayer of the siding to see how far this rot has spread.
Mold or Mildew
Much like rotting siding, mold and mildew can also spread causing further damage to your home. If you see signs of mold, act immediately. In addition to inspecting the siding material that is currently installed, consider a switch to a synthetic or even stone. Another important reason to replace molding or mildewing siding is to get to the root of the problem. You may have a hidden water leak in your wall or roof. Finding the source of this moisture can prevent a myriad of costly future repairs.
Nature: Insects and Rodents
Don’t allow nature to make a home in your siding. That said, make sure you follow local laws and consulting a professional if there are animals and habitats that need to be removed or relocated. Rats, mice, and squirrels can damage your siding and home quite extensively, while also leaving behind potential hazardous feces. Birds may be adorable, but make sure any nests don’t cause dangerous water leaks. Other insects such as termites, even wasps, may also be potentially damaging to your siding and indicate the need for intervention and possible replacement. Enjoy nature in the outdoors instead.
Sometimes replacing siding is a more cosmetic decision — and that’s a great reason for an update too. Not only will new siding add years to the life of your home, but it will also increase your home value and curb appeal. If you inherited that house from grandma, and no longer feel the lilac, consider updating to a modern color. Perhaps you live in a district with distinct architecture — choose a color palette to match. And if you are considering putting your home up for sale, new siding will offer a strong appeal to potential buyers.
There are many reasons to replace your siding. Make sure to consult with a professional who understands the needs of your area and choose quality products and installers.