Avoid Costly Damage Old Siding Can Create
When siding wears out and moisture penetrates it, trouble can cascade. If we don’t attend to our home’s need for new siding promptly, the expense of siding repair or replacement can increase. Avoid the costly damage old siding can create by proactively inspecting your current siding and looking for signs that it’s replacement time. Here are some of the top things to look for:
How to Know You Need New Siding
1. Does your siding look warped or cracked?
Warped siding can leave your home exterior looking lackluster, and cracked siding can compromise your home’s integrity. Skip the hassles involved in moisture penetration; if your siding is compromised and allowing water to enter your home, it’s time for new siding.
2. Is your siding chipping?
When siding chips, it allows moisture to penetrate it, which can lead to expensive water damage below the siding surface. Act promptly if your home’s protective layer is visibly breached.
3. Does your siding look faded?
One of the first signs it’s time for new siding is a faded look to your home’s color. If your once vibrant home exterior is now drab or dull, it may be time to learn about material options and plan for siding replacement.
4. Do you have peeling paint or sagging wallpaper in your home?
As surprising as it may sound, these are signs you need siding replacement. When water penetrates your home exterior, it can permeate your walls and impact your interior paint and wallpaper. If your paint or wallpaper is falling off and you’re not sure why, take a serious look at your home siding. It’s likely in need of replacement.
5. Have your energy costs increased significantly?
When it comes to siding longevity, realize it doesn’t last forever. If your heating and air conditioning bills are unexpectedly surging, it may be due to your need for new siding. When siding ages, it doesn’t insulate your home as well, and therefore requires more heating and air conditioning to make it comfortable year-round.
6. Do you have signs of mold or mildew under your home siding?
When water penetrates your siding for an extended period of time, it can cause mold and mildew to grow. Both mold and mildew are health hazards that should be addressed promptly.
7. Does your siding have hail damage?
Hail damage can cost you if it penetrates, dents, or punctures your siding. Take a careful look at your siding after hail storms and verify it is intact.
8. Are you ready for a home exterior face-lift?
Ready for fresh curb appeal? Does your home look outdated? Is the color and siding style lackluster? It may be time for a whole new look for your home exterior, and siding is the way to go to achieve the dream home look you desire.
9. Do you have pest infestation issues in your siding?
Pest infestation issues such as ants and termites can contribute to costly damages to your home.
10. Does your current siding show signs of dry rot?
When moisture penetrates wood siding and causes it to decompose, a fungus called dry rot results. Dry rot weakens your home’s siding and compromises its protection.
11. Is your current siding bubbling or blistering?
When some siding materials are exposed to excessive heat or moisture, they may bubble up—indicating it’s time for a siding replacement.
12. Is your home’s siding loose?
Has wind damage or poor siding installation practices caused your home’s siding to become loose? If so, it’s time for new siding.
13. Are you tired of the high maintenance your current siding requires?
The cost of repainting or restaining your home frequently can add up (not to mention the time it takes to tackle such a project). When your siding material requires regular upkeep that steals your summer days, it may be wise to look into a low maintenance siding product to replace it and simplify your need for upkeep.
14. Are squirrels and racoons attracted to your home exterior?
Small animals, such as squirrels and racoons can be a real nuisance. They like to nest in the comfort of home exteriors with wood siding. They often create holes in your siding that lead to moisture penetration and trouble ahead. The good news is that fiber cement siding is a pest resistant material that will prevent them from returning.
If your home attracts woodpeckers, the bad news is that they usually come back every year until you replace your siding with a pest resistant material.
Solutions for Siding Replacement Materials
When it’s time to replace your siding, at Approved Contractor, we recommend James Hardie fiber cement. As America’s top siding replacement option, protecting over 800,000 homes in our great nation, this durable siding delivers high performance for decades.
With gorgeous baked-on color, James Hardie fiber cement siding looks fabulous. Its style options offer the perfect solution to give you the best curb appeal and home value. Engineered for Climate, this outstanding siding is literally designed with your region’s specific weather in mind. It outlasts high winds, rain, and intense sunshine with ease.
At Approved Contractor, we help you protect what matters most with the help of a reliable team of professionals and premium materials that keep your home looking great for years to come. As an industry leading, affordable siding and replacement window contractor in Southern California, we take pride in serving residential homeowners.
Our financing options make it easy to attend to your home exterior’s needs. And customers love our project status updates. We send you updates of your project to keep you informed.