Warning Signs You Need New Siding
New siding is one of the most obvious changes you can make to your home. This is because of the surface area involved and how it has the potential to make a huge change in the look and feel of your home’s exterior. But did you know it can impact your home’s interior?
This is especially true if your home’s siding is damaged or too old. Your interior walls can suffer. Siding is not something you should attempt to fix yourself. It takes some time to become an expert at installing siding the right way, and if it’s not installed right, you could be exposed to all kinds of things. The great thing about it is that there are so many choices these days and many of them are cost-effective too. So if it’s time for a change because of damage, or because you want a different look, here are things to look for.
14 Signs You Need to Consider New Siding
- Bubbling or Blistered Siding
Extreme weather can cause siding to bubble or blister, but it shouldn’t be the norm. If you are seeing bubbles or blisters, contact a reputable contractor to identify the cause and treat it while replacing the damaged sections.
Bubbling is when damage to the siding causes the material to push outward or to collapse inward. It usually means there’s something wrong with the boards underneath and you need to take a look at the interfacing and the siding.
If the texture of your siding has changed over time – especially the siding in direct sunlight – it can be vulnerable to other damage. You’ll notice a chalky looking texture.
- Hail Damage If you see chips, dents and/or cracks it could be hail or storm damage. When your siding has these damaged spots, it limits its ability to protect your home against further damage. It’s a good idea to replace it at this point.
- Funky Color
Your siding doesn’t have to be a funky color just to be outdated – and outdated can still be an eyesore. Look for colors that blend with the rest of your neighborhood. If your house stands out too much, it can limit your ability to sell it.
- Animal and Pest Damage
Squirrels, woodpeckers, insects, and mice can all wreak havoc on wood siding. It may be best to replace it with a maintenance-free product if you have to replace it anyway.
- Tired of Re-painting/staining
Speaking of replacing wood siding… If you are sick of having to cough money every 4-5 years to have your wood siding repainted or stained, it might be time to consider something more permanent.
- New Addition
If you are adding an addition to a house that has old siding, you probably won’t get a very exact match. Even though the color is fairly permanent in some sidings, it can fade a bit over time. If you want a cohesive look, you’ll have to reside the whole house.
- Dry Rot
Dry rot is technically a fungus. It feeds on moisture and causes wood to decompose. It’s ugly and it weakens your siding letting in a bunch of pests and water you don’t want. There are other kinds of mold and fungi that can reside on and underneath your siding. It is worth taking a look and preventing even more problems in the future.
- Faded Siding
Faded siding is an indication your siding is at the end of its usable lifespan and it’s time to get it replaced.
- Loose Siding
Siding can loosen if it wasn’t installed properly, was pulled off by high winds, or if your home is settling on its foundation. If you notice this, it needs to be addressed or you’re looking at water and animal damage down the road.
- Pulling Seams
Pulling seams is another problem that can happen when siding isn’t properly installed. Seams that get pulled apart can’t protect your home.
- Energy Savings There are new products out there – like whole-house wraps – that can effectively insulate your home. Not to mention the insulation in your walls. It’s worth checking into how insulated your walls are if you want to try saving some money on energy costs.
- Interior Walls
If your paint or wallpaper is peeling, this can be an indication that your siding is letting moisture in. Obviously, this could cause all kinds of widespread issues if you leave it alone. It is better to address this situation right away.
There are many good reasons to replace your siding – even if it hasn’t reached the end of its lifespan. However, check periodically for these warning signs and call a contractor to talk about replacement options. If you live in the Southeast Michigan area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help in your decision and install your new siding.
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