When you think about all the home improvement projects that need to be done, siding replacement isn’t always at the top of your list — but it should be. Siding is an important part of your home’s aesthetics, energy efficiency, and integrity. The good news is, new siding can improve your curb appeal, property value and protect your home from the unknown elements which can damage your property. That’s why it’s so important to keep your siding looking fresh and new.
The old saying “time waits for no man” rings truer than ever for home maintenance. As soon as you notice the first signs that your siding needs attention, you must act immediately before the damage worsens or starts to affect other parts of your home. Luckily, a few key signs can help you determine if it’s time to replace your siding.
Signs You Need Siding Replacement
Cracked, Warped or Rotting
One of the most apparent signs that your siding is damaged beyond repair is if it’s cracked, warped or rotting. Look around your home for any cracks, and make sure you poke at them to see if there’s more damage beneath the surface. If the layer beneath is solid, but the outer layer is warped or cracked, you may be better off having it removed and replaced with new siding.
Blisters Or Bubbles
Be on the lookout for blisters or bubbles. If you spot these imperfections beneath the surface of your siding, take note! Blisters and bubbles indicate that moisture has gotten trapped between your siding and the framing of your house. This means that your home may not be as well-sealed as it should be. It’s a good indication that you may have a moisture problem — which is something you need to address immediately.
Fungus & Mildew
A siding that’s starting to separate from the framing indicates wear and tear, which could lead to a bigger problem if left undetected. In such cases, water may be seeping in and causing fungi or mold to form. The presence of fungus or mold indicates that your siding can’t do its job as well as it should, so it’s important to address the issue before extensive damage has been done.
Faded siding is a warning sign that you should take action to protect the exterior of your house. Although the condition isn’t an emergency, it does indicate that your home’s siding is deteriorating and will need to be repaired or replaced soon. A paint touch-up might cover up fading for a little while longer, but it won’t affect the underlying problems.
Severe Weather Damage
Siding is usually the first to show signs of damage in bad weather. If you notice patches of your siding are becoming severely faded, cracked, or warped, it’s time to call a professional. This isn’t to say that your siding is suddenly useless, but it is a good time to think about siding replacement before more significant issues occur.
Rise In Energy Bills
If you notice that you’re paying more for energy than you used to, it could be because your home is losing heat or air conditioning efficiency because of the damaged siding. As a result, your house is less well insulated and unable to retain heat or moisture. If you’re not sure what type of siding you have or how damaged it is, hire an inspector from Northkit Roofing for a professional opinion.
If these signs seem familiar, don’t wait any longer. Get in touch with siding experts today at Northkit Roofing for quality service and affordable prices. We’re the professionals when it comes to siding replacements in Essex County.