5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter

5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter

Winter Siding Replacement? Why It is a Good Idea

Northeast winters in Pennsylvania and Maryland are unpredictable when it comes to the type of weather and amount of snow and ice that fall. Massive snow, windy days, and extreme chills are all elements we have seen in past winters. And each can take a toll on a home’s exterior. Having quality siding on a home is one of the best ways to keep your home warm all winter long.

Wintertime isn’t the most popular time to replace siding, but there are 5 benefits to replacing siding in the winter.

No need to worry about landscaping

Most homeowners don’t spend countless hours maintaining landscaping throughout the winter because the majority of shrubs, plants, and flowers don’t survive the winter cold. This makes it a great time for contractors to replace siding because they (and you) have less to worry about or look out for during the process.

Siding contractors have more time

During the winter months, contractors slow down and have more available times in their schedule. This makes it easier to schedule a reputable siding contractor to complete the siding removal and installation at a time that is convenient for you.

Increase your home’s curb appeal

Replacing a home’s siding is a great way to improve its curb appeal and increase the property value. This is especially true if the siding is worn out, cracked, or falling off.

Keep warm temperatures indoors

Giving your home a facelift not only makes the house look better from the outside, it also makes it feel better inside. One of the biggest benefits to installing siding on a home is that it keeps the warm temperatures in during the winter and cool temperatures inside during the summer months. Many homeowners experience fewer drafts after new siding is installed.

Ideal temperatures for the siding

While it may not be the ideal temperature for you outside, it is the ideal temperature for the siding. If siding is installed in the middle of summer heat and humidity, it can buckle or warp when nailed to the house. In the cool temperatures of winter, buckling is less likely to occur, making the siding easier to install.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors is ready to help you with your siding installation needs. Contact us today to schedule a meeting with our siding consultant. Our office is located in Hanover PA, but we service surrounding areas including northern Maryland.

How to Tell If Your Siding is Outdated

How to Tell If Your Siding is Outdated

How to Tell if Your Siding Needs Replaced

Unless you have lived in your home from the day it was built, chances are you don’t know how old the siding is. You are not alone. Your home’s exterior is the first thing others notice when they pass by your home and is a big contributor to curb appeal as well as your home’s value. If you are unsure if it is time to replace your siding, we’ve put together a list of six ways to know now is the time.

Warping or Buckling.

If you notice that siding is starting to buckle, warp, or take on a different shape than usual, water is likely the cause. When water is able to seep behind the siding, it can cause two significant problems including rotting or mold and mildew growth.

Dry Rot.

If you have wood siding on your home, dry rot is an unsightly fungus that is hard to get rid of. Some homeowners find success in replacing only the damaged area, but once it occurs in one place, it is likely to reoccur elsewhere. If you have dry rot, it is a good idea to replace wood siding with another, more durable siding material.

Fading.

Fading is a natural occurrence that happens to siding due to the amount of sunlight it experiences. Small amounts of fading are normal. If your siding has severe fading, it could mean it passed its lifespan and is not able to protect your home like it is intended to do.

Holes or Cracks.

Siding is designed to protect your home from the various weather elements like sun, rain, and snow. In the northeast, this is especially true since we experience all four seasons. Holes and cracks in your siding allow water to seep behind it causing the boards to rot or mold to grow. With the freezing and thawing that occurs during the winter, it can also cause the siding to expand and retract creating larger holes and cracks.

Increased Energy Bills.

If you notice drafts inside your home in the winter or rising energy bills, faulty siding could be the culprit. Contact a siding professional to inspect the house and uncover if poor-performing siding is the cause.

Mold or Mildew.

Mold and mildew growth can occur on the siding, behind the siding, and even inside your home as a result of outdating siding. If you notice mold growing inside, peeling paint, or bubbles on the walls, it is possible the damage stems from water leaking behind the siding.

If you think it is time to replace your old siding, contact the professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors. We have a dedicated team that travels South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland for siding replacement projects.