Brand new home siding can last a long time, and in some cases where vinyl is the material of choice, it’s even guaranteed for life. However, when you start to notice certain signs of wear and tear, it’s important to get it fixed before it turns into a larger issue that could wreak havoc underneath your siding. Depending on which material is used on your home, the project can take anywhere from 4-10 days, which is insignificant in comparison to the amount of time and effort it could take to repair any associated damage. John Bernaudo, exterior design specialist at Alure Home Improvements, explained some of the key indicators that you need to replace your siding.
“When looking at the exterior of your home, the siding should be smooth and symmetrical.”
1. Lifted or warped siding
It’s important to periodically check on the condition of your home – especially following harsh weather, when your house can take a beating and incur some damages. When looking at the exterior of your home, the siding should be smooth and symmetrical. Any bumps or inconsistencies should be examined more closely.
“If the existing siding is separating away from the house, you will notice buckling, bubbling and warping,” explained Bernaudo.
2. Visible cracks or holes
Similarly, broken or missing pieces can occur either from normal aging or after an episode of harsh weather. Rot and cracks or holes are clear signs that something is wrong with your home siding, and it should be inspected further. However, if the damages are confined to one specific area, an entire replacement may not be necessary.
“Always get a professional opinion, because sometimes a repair is all that is needed,” said Bernaudo. “However, if the siding wasn’t installed correctly and that is the main reason there are issues, it may lead to being completely replaced.”
3. Indoor draft
You don’t necessarily have to go outside to realize that you need new siding. Bernaudo explained that cold or warm drafts in certain areas of the home can signify that you’re in need of a replacement. Also, high heating or cooling bills can be traced back to faulty siding. Since energy efficiency could be due to a number of factors, including old or damaged windows and insufficient insulation, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a professional who can identify the exact issue.
4. Mold at the seams
Water can also affect the longevity of your siding. If you notice things like mold, mildew or fungus on your siding, Bernaudo explained that it might mean it’s time to get it replaced.
“Any [of these signs], especially near the seams, may indicate that water is infiltrating,” he said.
5. Color fading
Depending on which material you choose for siding your home, the color may lose its intensity over time. While this doesn’t always mean it needs to be replaced, it does signal that it’s becoming worn, and you should make sure you’re taking the proper steps to maintain it.
6. Improper maintenance
Some materials require little to no upkeep to perform at their best. However, other materials call for periodic maintenance, like cleaning and painting. If you know you haven’t been performing the necessary upkeep on your siding and notice any of the other warning signs, you should ask a professional for help deciding whether or not you need a replacement.
“The longer you let these things go without investigation you are putting your home at risk,” warned Bernaudo. “Ultimately, you can be doing damage to the interior framing and sheathing of your home.”
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