Top 10 Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Siding
It’s important to take a detailed inspection of your siding once a year. One of the most important things to check for is rotting. We suggest taking a screwdriver and running it underneath a few boards throughout the exterior. If you notice that there are several “soft” spots, contact us to schedule a more thorough inspection.
2. Cracked or Loose Siding
While one loose or cracked piece of siding on your home doesn’t automatically mean that it’s time to replace your siding, it can be a sign of a more serious problem that needs to be addressed right away.
3. Holes in the Siding
No matter the size, a hole on the outside of your home is a cause for concern. Generally, holes on your home’s exterior are caused by insects. While insects can cause a list of issues themselves, the holes they make allow for the elements (rain, snow, etc.) to get into and underneath your siding. That’s just the beginning of what could be some very expensive repair work or even a total replacement.
4. Frequent Repainting of Your Home
On average, the paint on healthy siding will last anywhere between 8 to 10 years. If you’re having to repaint your home every couple of years or so because of chipping, peeling, or cracking, that could indicate that it’s time to replace your home’s siding.
The main job of siding is to protect the walls underneath it from moisture. If you notice bubbles in your siding, you can just about guarantee that water has gotten trapped. To be certain, you’ll need your home’s exterior evaluated by a professional siding company.
6. Increased Utility Bills
While not as common, an increase in your utility bills could be caused by underperforming siding. If a visual inspection of the siding, including an evaluation of where the seams meet the roof, indicates that heating or cooling could be escaping through the siding, a total siding replacement project will be recommended.
7. Mildew, Fungus, or Mold
Any type of growth such as fungus, mold, or mildew on the exterior of your home, especially near the seams, may indicate that water has made its way inside the wall, where it is slowly released once again, causing unwanted growth. While not all signs of fungus, mold, or mildew on siding is a cause for alarm, the growth should be cause to investigate further by scheduling an inspection with a local siding company such as APK Restoration.
Fading over time is normal for all siding types. Most siding is formulated to hold its color for as long as the rating. However, if you notice that your siding is fading faster than normal, it could be time to replace it.
9. Dry Rot
After some time, wood siding is very likely to succumb to dry rot, which is caused by fungi that digest the wood and weakens it. If you notice that it has become cracked and deteriorated in some spots, it may be time to replace your wood siding.
10. Warped Siding
Warping is a result of moisture that tries to fix itself under your siding panels. This is the buckling or bulging you may have noticed on your siding and should be replaced by one of our expert siding contractors.
Does your home have any of the signs above? Give our team at APK Restoration a call today to schedule your estimate!