When should I replace my homes exterior siding?
New siding can impact the look and the energy efficiency of your home. If the siding on your home is original or more than 15 years old, you may be interested in the ways new home technologies can improve your lifestyle. Do any of the following questions sound like you as a homeowner?
DOES YOUR HOME NEED FREQUENT PAINTING?
A good sign that something is wrong with the current siding is if you need to paint every 5-6 years. Good home siding should keep its shape and keep its color for at least 8-10 years, if not longer. Siding that is chipping, peeling, or cracking is an indication that there is a fundamental problem and that the siding needs replacement.
HOW HIGH ARE YOUR HEATING AND COOLING BILLS?
If your energy costs are high your home may need new siding. While there are other options to reduce costs – energy bills that are not in line with those of neighbors with similar structures can be an indication that something is seriously flawed with a home’s exterior wall insulation.
IS THERE APPARENT ROTTING OR WARPING?
Take some time to do a thorough visual inspection of your home. If you find warped siding, rotting boards or other damage to siding material take a sharp object like a screwdriver and poke underneath the damage to discover how solid the under layer is. If the layer under a home’s siding has begun to rot or become soft, that is a sure sign that the home’s siding is due for immediate replacement.
ARE YOU AT RISK FOR FUNGUS, MOLD, OR MILDEW?
Any type of growth such as fungus, mold, or mildew on a home’s siding, especially at or near seams in the siding, may indicate that water is penetrating and being held 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, such growth should be cause to investigate further.
If you answered yes to any of the above, it may be time to speak with replacement specialist to ensure your homes value.