Let’s face it, as a homeowner, replacing siding is likely not at the top of your to-do list. Most homeowners don’t even think about their siding until visible damage is present. If you have good quality siding installed properly, you may not have to worry about it for years or even decades. However, siding doesn’t last forever. There is always the potential for a disaster, such as a stray baseball or stone flung from a lawnmower. So let’s explore when should siding be replaced? Walk around your home and inspect for the following.
Vinyl siding can undoubtedly take a pounding throughout its lifespan. Holes, dings, dents, and even minor scratches can be caused by flying debris either during a storm or thrown from a lawnmower. Neighbor kids may hit an errant fly ball against your house, causing a dent or crack. Like many things in life, expect the unexpected! It’s a good idea to either repair these blemishes if possible or replace the siding altogether. Cracks and holes are a prime way for rain and snow to work their way behind your siding and cause more severe issues.
When moisture finds its way behind your siding, big problems can develop. Moisture can cause the subpanel behind your siding to warp and in extreme circumstances, to rot. To determine the severity of warped panels, use something like a screwdriver, and with the handle side tap on the area you notice is warped. If it is either soft or gives all together, you are facing a very serious issue that requires your siding to be replaced along with the subpanel that is affected.
Any type of growth such as mold, fungus, or mildew on your siding can be an indication that moisture has seeped behind it. This is especially concerning if it occurs near seams in the siding. Subpanels waterlogged by years of moisture infiltration is something you don’t want to ignore. Mold and mildew can be the cause of many respiratory illnesses and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Are you noticing peeling paint or wallpaper on the interior of your home or on outside walls? This can be another sign that moisture has infiltrated behind your siding.
As siding ages and faces constant exposure to the sun and the elements, it will fade over time. This will have a big negative impact on your home’s curb appeal. Faded siding just doesn’t have the same vibrant colors as new. When siding is so old that you can easily notice the color is faded, it’s likely time to consider new siding.
Have you noticed any of the above problems with your siding? It might be time to consider replacing that aging siding. Bealing Roofing and Exteriors, LLC is your local source for siding installation. Our crews have the experience and know-how to complete your next siding job right!
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