Category Archives: vinyl siding

Signs that it’s time to re-side your home

Replacing your home’s siding probably isn’t number one on your to-do list, but maybe it should be. We’ve compiled a list below of the things you should be aware of when it comes to knowing when to re-side your home.

Frequent painting

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How often are you painting your home? If you’re painting every five or so years, something isn’t
quite right with your siding. You can expect the paint on your siding to last at least eight years, so chipping, peeling and other issues with the paint is a sign of trouble and it’s time to replace it.

High energy bills

A sudden jump in the cost of your heating and cooling bills is a good indication that your home needs new siding as air can escape through the siding. Do a visual inspection of the siding, paying special attention to where the seams meet the roof.

Damaged siding

A visual inspection can point out a number of different issues with your siding.

Rotting and warped boards

Take a screwdriver or some other sharp object, and look for warped or rotting boards. Poke under the siding using the screwdriver to see how solid the under layer is. If you find that it is soft, that means it’s starting to rot and your home is due for a siding replacement.


Don’t take small holes for granted, they can be a serious issue too.  Holes are generally caused by insects, and if insects have gotten into your siding moisture can easily get in as well.

Holes in siding indicate it's time to re-side your home.


Bubbles indicate moisture is trapped, and this should send up red flags. Siding is designed to keep moisture away from your walls under your siding, so bubbles are a sign that it’s time to replace your siding.

Bubbles indicate moisture in your siding

Peeling paint or moisture in your home

This is another sign that your siding isn’t doing its job and letting moisture in. Bad siding lets moisture seep its way into your walls and affect the walls inside your home.

Fungus and mildew and mold—oh my!

Fungus, mildew and mold is another sign that moisture is in your siding. Not all signs of fungus are a problem, but you should definitely investigate further.


Do any of these sound like your home? Protect your home from any further damage and replace your siding when you notice any of these issues. And don’t forget that Tri-State offers free estimates! Contact us today for your home improvement projects!

Three tips for installing vinyl siding on older homes without losing the character of wood

The Quad Cities is fortunate to have a rich history, and that means older homes built with architectural details you don’t often find in new subdivisions where all the homes look the same.

But many of those older homes were originally sided in wood that has not been properly maintained and are now in need of new siding. Keep reading for Hank’s top three tips on how to preserve the character of your home with new vinyl siding.


Pay attention to the details

The curb appeal of many older homes comes from siding that was intricately planned. There are graceful moldings, proportioned trim and shadow lines that highlight the features of the home.

Just because you’re replacing your siding with vinyl, doesn’t mean you have to lose all those details. Work with your contractor to pick products that mirror the look of your current siding so you’re not replacing the charming uniqueness with boring slats.

Mix and match

Many older homes mix the type of siding used. For example peaks may be covered in shakes, the first floor in straight wood grain and the two are separated by a row of scalloped edges in an accent color.

This look can be replicated using vinyl siding products to maintain the architectural details of your home while cutting down on the maintenance. It may take longer and cost a little more on the initial installation to customize the look of your siding, but you’ll save in the long run by not having to repaint year after year.

Choose siding that has a wood look

There are a wide range of vinyl siding products that are manufactured using molds created from wood. Portsmouth Cedar Shake, for example, is a vinyl siding that looks like traditional cedar shake siding, but comes without all the hassle of staining, warping or cracking over time.

Click here to learn more about other types of siding that are manufactured to mimic the wood look.

Hank and the crew at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing can help you keep the architectural features of wood siding on your home but with the ease of vinyl. Click here to contact us to schedule a free estimate.