Is it time to replace the siding on your home? Siding that is old and in need of replacement oftentimes causes an otherwise beautiful home to look unsightly. If you notice any of the following 5 signs, now is the time to replace your siding and regain the beauty (and functionality) your home deserves.
- Outrageous Heating/ Cooling Bills
Have your energy bills been increasing for a few months? An increase in energy usage is oftentimes caused when the insulation board is not properly functioning. Examine the siding, as well as other areas of your home. There’s a good chance that it is the siding causing your woes.
- Interior Wall Damage
If you are noticing wallpaper peeling from the wall, bubbles in the wall or a wall that feels soft or spongy rather than hard and firm, it could be the siding that is causing this to happen. The reason? Siding is supposed to prevent moisture from coming inside. If it is no longer properly functioning, that moisture makes its way into your home, leaving behind its damage as it goes.
- Warping & Rotting
Insect the exterior of your home on a regular basis. If you notice spots, siding that is warped or disintegrating, there is no doubt about it: you need new siding. Warped siding allows moisture to come into the home and may even contribute to water damage, resulting in thousands of dollars’ worth of needed repairs. The same rule applies if you notice that your siding has cracks or other holes in it. These are sell signs that indicate damage, and with damage your siding cannot provide the functionality that you need. These things are also very unimpressive to the eye, giving you further reason to replace without second thought.
- Frequent Maintenance needs
Good siding should remain in its original shape and in the same color for about 10 years. During this time it should require little to no maintenance. One of the reasons that homeowners love siding is because it is affordable to the budget and requires little care for such a long period of time. If you are noticing the need for maintenance more often or if your siding is no longer sleek and shiny like it was when purchased, this sign could mean it is time to replace.
- Fungi is Noticeable
Mold and mildew growing inside of the seams of your siding is a big sign that it is time to replace. When mold and mildew build, it is a sign that water is penetrating into the exterior of the home. This can cause extensive damage to the home, but replacing quickly ensures that your home is never at risk.
These five signs indicate the need to contact a home improvement specialist at once and discuss your siding options. You can always schedule a free consultation ahead of time to determine if the siding currently on your home is salvageable. If it is not, the specialists are able to help you get new siding instead.