After the wear and tear from this winter’s weather, be sure to check for any of these signs.
Your home is a reflection of you. You keep the inside clean and the lawn maintained, but what about the siding of the house? While replacing the siding on your house isn’t as interesting and fun as redoing the kitchen or planting a flower garden, new, quality siding can save you money on heating and electricity bills and improve the overall look of your home. Cracks, bubbles, and chipped paint are unattractive and old siding may do a poor job of insulating and protecting the house. Here are the top five signs that you need to replace your siding.
While people most often blame the roof and attic for leaking air, the culprit could actually be your siding. Old siding is often leaky and allows air to escape and enter the house. In the winter and the summer, homeowners with old siding often find themselves paying more for their heating and cooling while newer, quality siding insulates the home properly, keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Check with neighbors in similar homes and compare your energy use to theirs. If there is a drastic difference, consider having your siding inspected by a professional.
Loose or cracked siding
Be sure to remove and replace all siding that is cracked or loose, whether it’s only a few panels or the entire side of a house. Cracked or loose siding will allow air and water to access the inner layers of the home and cause severe water damage. If too much water seeped in through a cracked or loose panel, it could cause large areas of the siding to bubble while affecting the interior of the house as well. It is a good idea to inspect your home regularly for damaged siding, especially after inclement weather.
Dry rot is caused by a fungus and can be hard to notice if siding is not inspected carefully. It is most often the case that dry rot affects the interior of the siding by eating it away and leaving the exterior in seemingly good condition. To tell if your siding has dry rot, inspect its interior and exterior closely, and look for these tell-tale signs:
- Shrunken, bubbled, cracked, or darkened wood
- Grey or flesh-colored fungus film or skin with patches of light purple or yellow
- Fluffy, white growths
- Orange-colored, fleshy growths
- Rust-colored dust surrounding the growths
If you find dry rot in your siding, seek professional help immediately. This fungus can cause severe structural damage and decay.
Frequent Painting or Faded Coloring
If your home needs to be painted every five years, you most likely have something wrong with your siding. Quality siding should hold its color for at least ten years. Likewise, if the color of your siding has faded severely, it may be at the end of its life expectancy and need to be replaced. Ideally, siding should hold its color for as long as it is water-repellent, so if your siding is old and faded, it most likely no longer water-repellant.