7 Warning Signs Your House Needs New Siding
The siding on your house serves to protect the structure from environmental damage. Ironically, though, those same factors that your siding protects against are the very things that deteriorate it over time. UV rays, extreme cold, heavy winds, precipitation, and even pests can gradually or suddenly damage siding, and in many cases, simple repairs aren’t enough to address the problem.
Below, the Eastern Roofing & Siding team discusses the signs every homeowner should watch that indicate the need for new siding installation.
Cracks, Holes, and Gaps
Visible holes, cracks, or gaps in your siding aren’t just an eyesore; they can put the structure of your home at risk for severe damage. Compromised siding allows moisture to penetrate beyond the exterior cladding, and if you own a wood-frame house, that could mean trouble.
Moisture accumulation breeds mold and mildew and, if moisture can penetrate the outer cladding of your home, so, too, can pests. New siding installation is essential in protecting your home from the potentially disastrous effects of water damage and critter infestations.
If you can see exterior rot, whether it’s a small area or a massive spread, it’s time for a new siding installation. Crumbling siding is also indicative of rot, so if you’ve got disintegrating panels, it’s time to schedule siding replacement.
When you’re dealing with minor siding rot, you may be able to get away with siding repairs by replacing just the affected panels. In most cases, though, rotting siding calls for a complete do-over.
Warping or Bulging Siding Panels
Though it can be somewhat difficult to detect, warping or bulging cladding almost always indicates the need for new siding. If your siding panels no longer lie flat, that may be indicative of more severe damage that’s hidden out of sight. If you can observe this issue but aren’t sure whether a new siding installation is necessary, contact a licensed siding contractor for an inspection and advice on your best course of action.
Interior or Exterior Mold
Can you see mold anywhere along your interior walls? If so, it may be indicative of severe siding deterioration or damage that has allowed moisture to penetrate inside your home. But interior mold may also indicate an insulation issue or an interior moisture issue, both of which require prompt attention.
Anytime you see mold indoors, investigate the corresponding area of your home exterior. You should also schedule an inspection with a reputable siding contractor who can readily identify damage and advise you on the appropriate solution.
Increased Energy Bills
A lesser-known but clear sign you need new siding is in your energy bill. When your siding sustains significant enough damage, like cracks or dents, it acts as a sieve for outside air to flow freely through your interior and the controlled air to escape. As a result, your home’s heating or cooling system will work harder to maintain your desired temperature.
The harder working HVAC systems will cause faster wear and tear on them while attributing a spike in your energy bills. So, if your heating or cooling costs are on a steady rise, you may want to contact an experienced exterior contractor for an inspection.
Siding can last anywhere between 15 years to over 50, depending on what type you have on your home. Siding begins to lose its profile of color over its lifespan. Fading colors isn’t only an aesthetic worry; it’s also a sign your siding may be nearing the end of its effectiveness.
If you’ve been living in your home for multiple years and never maintained your siding, it might have sustained some damage as a result. Proper annual maintenance like cleaning and inspection is necessary to keep your siding in shape throughout its life. If neglected, your siding may sustain damage, and that damage can get much worse without attention.
So, if you haven’t kept up on general siding maintenance, you may be due for a siding replacement sooner than you’d like.
After a Severe Storm
The Twin Cities see its fair share of severe weather throughout the year. When a thunderstorm, hailstorm, or heavy winds whip through the area, it can cause significant damage to your home’s exterior; especially your siding.
After severe weather hits, it’s always a good idea to check your siding as you may need repair or replacement as soon as possible.
Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding for Expert Installation
Whether you need to replace your existing siding or you need siding installation on a brand new home, get in touch with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. For over 25 years, we’ve proudly served homeowners throughout Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights, and the surrounding Twin Cities metro.
We’d love to tackle your project too! To get started, give us a call today to schedule a free estimate or contact our team online, and we’ll be in touch.