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.
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.
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.
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.
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!