Does Your Home Need New Siding?

Posted on 14. Sep, 2017 by in Home Care & Improvements

If you read our last post, you now know if your home needs a new roof. The goal of this post is to inform you whether your home needs new siding or not.

Siding is a critical component of a home. Your siding protects the framing of the home and the interior from the elements. You want siding to be in excellent condition if possible.

Here are some signs you need new siding on your home:

#1. ROT & WEAR

The most obvious indication you need new siding is if you see rot or crumbling along the exterior of the siding.

In some instances, the rot is isolated to small portions of the siding and can then be repaired but if it spreads across the entire siding, you will need to replace everything.

You cannot live with rot on your home as the siding will no longer provide proper protection or insulation from the elements.

#2. CRACKING

Another visible indication that the siding is in need of replacing is if you notice cracks along the exterior of the home. Cracks are a problem for a few reasons.

One reason is that the cracks are not attractive, but another major reason is that the cracks will allow moisture to permeate the exterior of the home and reach the wood frame where rot will then occur.

The cracks can also allow access to the interior of your home to various insects and rodents.

#3. WARPED PANELS

If the siding panels appear warped or are no longer lying flat along the side of the home, it is a good indication that they’re wearing down and that moisture might be building up behind them.

#4. TEMPERATURE

You might also be able to tell if you need new siding from the temperature in your home. If there are drafts of air near the walls or if the home always feels too cold, it is a good sign that the siding is wearing down and no longer providing the optimal amount of protection from the wind and weather.

You might also notice an increase in your heating and cooling bills too. If the cost of heating your home is on the rise, one reason might be the siding on your home wearing down.

#5. MOLD IN YOUR HOME

If you see mold appearing on or near the walls of your home it is a good indication that moisture and humidity are coming in from the exterior of the home and permeating the siding.

You never want mold in your home, especially black mold, and you will need to remove it right away. Once the mold is gone from your home, it will be time to consider calling a service to install new vinyl siding on your home.

Perform routine inspections on the siding of your home multiple times each year. You should do this immediately following the winter months and the summer months after long periods of rain and severe weather.

Don’t ignore any problems you notice. You might be able to repair siding rather than replace it if you take action right away.