6 Signs that Your Home May Need New Siding
Your siding does more than add curb appeal to your home. Siding protects the home’s structure from mold and mildew, retains heat in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer, and keeps pests and insects out. And of course, siding goes bad and needs to be replaced occasionally. So, how can you tell if it’s time to replace your siding? No. 1: IF YOUR SIDING NEEDS FREQUENT PAINTING A good paint job should last anywhere from eight to 10 years. If you’re painting more frequently, like every five years, it’s probably a good time to consider getting new siding because this is a sign a bigger fundamental problem. No. 2: ROTTED, WARPED OR CRACKED SIDING This probably seems like a no-brainer, but it’s still worth mentioning because many may not think a few cracks or a little warping is something to be concerned about. If you see any damage to the siding do a little further inspection to see what’s going on underneath. At the damaged spots use a screwdriver or something else sharp to poke the under layer to see how solid it is. If it’s soft or you can see more rotting, it’s time to get it taken care of. No. 3: BUBBLES This one sort of goes along with No. 3. If you see any bubbles under the siding it’s a sign that there is water or moisture underneath, and that could be compromising your siding and the rest of your home. No. 4: PEELING PAINT OR WALLPAPERINSIDE YOUR HOME Peeling paint or wallpaper is definitely a symptom of faulty siding. Bad siding can let moisture seep into the house and the wallboards, causing interior wall damage. No. 5: HIGH HEATING AND COOLING COSTS Just like having drafty doors or windows faulty siding can let cold and heat escape from the house and drive your heating and cooling costs through the roof. So, if you have really high energy bills and don’t know why, maybe it’s time for a siding inspection. Also, see our “10 DIY Projects to Winterize Your Home” for information on sealing up windows, doors and other openings. This can help with energy costs, too. No. 6: MOLD, MILDEW AND FUNGUS GROWTH ON OR UNDER SIDING Your siding is supposed to protect your home from any bacteria growth, but if that moisture is getting in your home is probably going to give life to mold, mildew and fungus. We hope you found this helpful! If you think it’s time to replace your siding, and you want to know your options, Better Homes and Gardens has a pretty good guide on a variety of different siding types. Of course, you can always call or email us, too!