Siding is one of the most noticeable elements of curb appeal. If your siding has a few problems, it might be reparable. However, a handful of issues could indicate it is time to replace your old siding. These issues range from color indicators to your heating bill. One of the following signs might let you know that a replacement is imminent.
Color Fades Quickly
Color on older siding will fade fast. If you find yourself repainting far more often than you had on fresh siding, it is likely time for a replacement. The color on good siding should last nearly a decade, while older siding will be lucky to hold color for just five years.
Indicators of Interior Moisture
You may be surprised to discover that interior issues can stem from the old or damaged siding. Peeling wallpaper, bubbling paint, and other indicators of interior moisture could point to your siding as the problem. If your siding is leaking, it’s time for an upgrade.
Increased Heating and Cooling Bills
Siding and insulation work in tandem to keep your home warm in the cold months and cool in the hot months. An electric or gas bill that is exceptionally high in extreme temperatures could be a gauge for the quality of siding on your home. Although a high energy bill could be related to several other problems, it is a good idea to inspect your siding as a potential cause.
Dry Rot is Present
Siding is ready to be replaced when dry rot is present. Unfortunately, dry rot is a complicated issue to diagnose because you cannot see it beneath the siding. The outer appearance could be as expected, but underneath might be a mess. A good test to the quality of siding that looks adequate is to tap it. Dry rot will be noticeable if you hear a hollow sound at the tap.
It can be reasonably easy to locate warped siding. Walk completely around the home and look at all angles. If several sections seem curved or out of shape, you likely need to replace all siding. A few warped pieces do not typically warrant a complete replacement.
Additional signs that your siding needs replaced include:
- Loose or hanging pieces
If you find several signs that your siding needs replaced, it is a good idea to do so as soon as possible. Putting off a replacement can result in more damage to your home.
Professional Siding Replacement
Your siding serves to protect your home from the elements and adds an attractive element to passers-by and guests. If you require help in determining whether to replace your siding or if you are ready to take action, American Construction can help. American Construction focuses on installing vinyl, cedar, Hardie board, and aluminum siding. Additionally, American Construction is a preferred contractor of CertainTeed and is prepared to assist you with your siding needs. Contact us today!