5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Home Siding
Summer is right around the corner and if you are like most people, you are probably making a list of improvements to be done outside the home. One such item to consider updating is the outer protective barrier on your house: the siding. Making the decision to replace your home’s siding might not feel quite as exciting as a kitchen or bath remodel, but it is vitally important to its integrity and aesthetic appeal. Here are five telltale signs it might be time to start looking at color and material options:
Siding is Warped or Buckled: Interior moisture damage: Peeling interior paint and sagging wallpaper can both indicate that the siding is not doing a good job of keeping moisture out. While not always the culprit, siding is one of the areas to inspect if interior moisture damage is occurring.
Mold or Mildew: If you are seeing mold or mildew appearing on your siding or inside your home, this may be another sign that the siding is not keeping moisture out. It is extremely important to address the issue right away as these can cause serious health concerns for some.
Peeling or Cracking: Once the siding begins to break down (often the result of time and harsh weather conditions), it can no longer do an efficient job of protecting your home. If the wear is only appearing in certain areas, it may be possible to replace portions of the siding without re-siding the entire house. It is important to address these signs to avoid even more costly problems in the future.
Difficulty Heating and Cooling: If you have noticed an uptick in your heating and cooling costs, your siding may be partially to blame. Often, replacing your siding, especially if you choose one of the many energy efficient materials available on today’s market will go a long way towards improving your home’s efficiency.
Seam Separation: New, properly installed siding will have nearly imperceptible seams. If you notice seams beginning to separate, it is time to replace it. The separation will allow moisture to get in behind the siding ruining it and the exterior walls.