Siding replacement is probably one of the things that you hardly think of including in your to-do list. Expect if there is a particular or pressing issue with the siding on the home, siding replacement might not appear on the radar of majorities of home owners.
Then again, siding replacement is something that you need to consider. As is the case with roofing and other structural components making up your house, siding is also subject to wear and tear. As the siding ages, it starts to become weak. Leaks are some of the problems that you will have to deal with if your siding is old. Sadly, when the siding starts to leak, it exposes your home to a myriad of problems that may be too costly to fix.
Nonetheless, how can an average home owner tell if siding replacement is due? Are there warning signs which the home owner can look for? The good news is that there are particular telltale signs which the home owner can be on the lookout for which are basically indicators that siding replacement is appropriate.
- 1. Are you spending a lot of money in repainting your home?
How frequently do you repaint your home? If your home needs repainting after every 5-6 years, it is a clear sign that the siding is depilated. So in order to avoid spending a lot of money in repainting work, consider siding replacement as one of the major home renovations tasks. If the siding is in perfect condition, then it should be able to keep the paintwork in good condition for at least 8 to 10 years. But if the siding is chipping, cracking or peeling off, it is a warning sign that there is a huge problem. So replacement should be contemplated.
- 2. Are your cooling and heating bills increasing by the day?
If you are suddenly spending too much money on cooling and heating bills, it could be a sign that the siding is falling off and siding replacement should be considered. Still, an increase in cooling and heating bills could be due to several other factors. For example, the problem could be as a result of a damaged roof, off track garage doors or leaking basements. But if these problems have been ruled out, maybe the problem could be with the siding.
If the siding is too old or if you used a poor material for siding, chances are that your heating and cooling bills will spiral out of control. Calling an expert to assess the condition of the exterior home insulation will enable you to know if the siding is damaged and whether repairs or replacement is appropriate.
- 3. Is the siding decaying or warping?
Hiring a siding contractor to assess the general condition of the siding on your home every 4-5 years should be regarded as a good investment. For example, you will be able to know if the boards used for the siding are starting to decay. A thorough inspection of the siding will also indicate to you if there are signs of warping. The need to hire an expert to visually inspect the home’s siding is especially important if you no longer have the time to do so on your own. If it is determined that there are signs of decay or warping on the material used for the exterior insulation, you need to start contemplating siding replacement.
- 4. Is the siding cracked or starting to become loose?
Elements like strong winds and storm can cause a couple of the boards used for siding to become loose or to crack. Such damages can easily be repaired by replacing the few boards that were damaged by the storm. But if the damage is too extensive, it is probably a good thing that you consider siding replacement.