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Unless you’re supremely unhappy with the look of your home, you’ve probably not thought much about replacing your siding. But there are plenty of other reasons why you should consider making a switch. If you’ve seen any of these 6 signs, it may be time to call in the professionals to see what you can do to replace your siding.
Let’s take a closer look.
- You Have to Paint It
Painting your house isn’t a red-flag in and of itself, but if you’re painting your siding too often, you may want to go ahead and replace it. This is most often the case with wood or aluminum siding but some people elect to paint vinyl siding as well. Replacing your siding with a more durable material can help you avoid more tedious labor.
If your siding is fading, then it may signal that the weatherproofing is breaking down. And while you may be tempted to sand down bubbles or peeling and repaint, this could mean you have water damage that could be causing additional structural damage to your home. Typically, siding needs to be painted only once ever 8 to 10 years, so if you’re needing to add a fresh coat more often than that, it’s probably time to replace it.
- You’re Energy Bills are Too High
Like your windows and roof, your heating and cooling bills can be an indicator that you need to replace your siding. You can start by ruling out the other typical causes like leaks around your windows, from your roof, or issues with your insulation.
If none of these seems to be causing the high bills every month, you may want to take a closer look at your siding. Siding the last line of defense between your home and the outside temperatures. If you’re losing heating or cooling in all seasons, it could easily be the culprit.
- The Siding is Cracked or Loose
Going around your home to make a visual inspection is a good idea from time to time. You will see issues with cracked or loose siding possibly before it’s too late. You may also notice rotting in certain instances. If you see these signs, it’s definitely time to contact a professional to help you replace your siding.
In your visual inspection, don’t be afraid to get hands on. If you touch the cracked or loose siding, you may discover additional problems that need to be resolved.
- There Are Signs of Mold, Mildew, or Fungus
Like with your roof, growth in your siding could be an indicator of much bigger problems. Some algae and moss can simply grow in shady, wet areas so it may not be a major concern. However, if you’re noticing mold or fungus, it’s time to get something done.
Mold and fungus can create bigger problems within the home. There are a variety of health issues that can be caused by mold in your house. If there is mold on the outside, it is quite possible that there is also an issue within your walls.
- You See Dry Rot
You probably know about dry rot, but what does that mean with your siding? The name implies that the situation is caused when the wood behind your siding is dry, but it really starts when water gets in your walls. It allows a fungus to eat away the wood, leaving major structural issues within your wall.
Rotted wood of this type needs to be replaced, but you’ll also need to take a look at your insulation and your siding. Replacing your siding material may be the first step to preventing similar problems in the future.
- It Doesn’t Match Your Style
Of course, not all reasons for replacing your siding have to be about damage. You may simply want to a different look for your home. This may be the case when you move into a new home and dislike the way the exterior looks. In some cases, though it is becoming increasingly rare, your home may be sided with an undesirable material like asbestos.
You can work with a professional to pick out a new look that will satisfy you throughout the time you own your home.
Do you want to talk with a professional about siding options for your home? Contact the team at Core Exteriors to learn more.