5 Signs Your Siding Needs Replacing
Your home’s siding can undergo many years of punishment from weather elements and wear out over time. They can get damaged or worn out to the point that replacing them is the only option. So, when will you know your home needs new siding?
Replacing your siding before it succumbs to significant damage can prevent more substantial damage like hail damage or water leaks that can be costly to repair.
Fortunately, there are many signs you can look out for to know you need new siding. Here are some of the common signs you want to look for:
1. Visible Signs of Damage
You know your siding is damaged and needs replacing when you start noticing warped or rotten boards. Poke under the damaged siding to see the extent of the damage. If the underlayer of the siding is soft, you know it needs replacing as soon as possible.
However, if you notice a few pieces of cracked siding, you can opt for partial repair instead. But you also want to check underneath the broken pieces for signs of additional damage. The larger the damaged area under the siding, the more likely it will need replacing.
2. House Needs Frequent Repainting
You can also tell your house needs new siding when the duration between two paint jobs is significantly shorter than required. For example, when you repainted your siding some five years ago, and it looks like it needs a new paint job, it’s probably always a sign that something is wrong with the siding.
Quality siding maintains its shape and color for up to eight or ten years. If you notice chips, cracks, peeling, or warping, there’s always a good chance that there is an underlying problem. You may need to install new siding.
3. Excessive Heating Bill or Peeling Paint
You might need new siding when comparing your current electricity bill and what you used to pay a year ago and notice a stark difference. You suddenly have high cooling and heating bills and peeling paint inside your house.
Worn-out siding can allow air to enter your home, making your cooling and heating systems work harder to maintain your preferred room temperature. This will cause a significant increase in your electricity bills.
4. You Notice Mold, Mildew, or Fungus Growth
Whenever you see bubbles under the surface of your siding, it’s always a sign of trapped moisture. You should inspect your siding immediately because moisture is always a sign of other looming problems like mold, mildew, and fungus growth on your siding.
Water can get inside the siding and create an environment where mold, mildew, and fungus thrive. This is cause for further inspection and may prompt you to replace your siding.
Insects and pests are common culprits when you notice holes in your siding. Even small holes can damage your siding over time by letting in water and accumulating moisture.
Pests and insects can also eat away at the rest of your siding, causing even more damage to it.
Do You Need New Siding?
Don’t let minor siding problems turn into big ones before finally replacing them. Our siding specialists at Semper Fi Exteriors will help you catch any siding problems before they cause more damage.
Siding replacement is inevitable. Contact Us today for more information on siding and a free consultation. We can inspect your siding today and tell you if it needs to be replaced.