When is it time to replace siding?

Replacing siding doesn’t have to be a complicated process, especially when you can foresee problem areas ahead of time. There are many reasons why deterioration occurs in old siding. You can even repair some of that decline in function and form without compromising your home or its aesthetic. However, it is good to familiarize yourself with the signs that show when to replace siding.

When is it time to replace siding?

Why Siding Deterioration Occurs

The deterioration of siding occurs because of aging and exposure to the elements. Original siding can lose its outer protective layer and waterproofing over time and appear faded and old.

Moisture retention, trapped water, and severe water damage through leaks and seepage wreak havoc with siding. Insect infestation (termites, ants, and other pests) and bird and rodent penetration can leave both top and underlying layers of siding in disrepair.Rotting from fungi and mold can also destroy siding over time and create both interior and exterior problems, which can lead to extensive repair or full replacement of siding.

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Common Signs of Siding Deterioration

Rotting and Crumbling are two common signs of siding deterioration. If only a small section is damaged, that spot may be repairable, but if the rot and crumbling have spread across a wide area, a replacement will likely be necessary.

Bubbles, bulges, and warping are more signs of serious issues that are going on beneath or within the siding.

Signs of siding deterioration

Looseness, holes, and cracks indicate more signs of degeneration that can occur with siding. These issues signal problems with the integrity of the structure.

Mold, mildew and dry rot fungus (wood decay) may not necessarily mean your siding is on its last legs, but they can be indicators of deterioration beneath the siding.

Fading or significant loss of color with siding could mean that any original outer coating or waterproofing has probably disintegrated with time and exposure.

Signs you need new siding

Interior paint peeling and slack wallpaper are possible indications of moisture penetration through a damaged section of siding.

High utility bills can be due to old siding and other issues. In addition to examining siding, the doors, windows, insulated areas and the roof area of a home should also be checked to determine what is causing high heating and cooling bills.

Damaged siding can lead to higher utility bills

How to Prevent Siding Deterioration

A homeowner can prevent the deterioration of siding through an ongoing maintenance program that entails examining the exterior as well as the inner layers behind the siding.

Be aware of the various signs of possible degeneration outlined here and watch for the more subtle signs of fading paint, mold development, bubbling, warping, moisture retention, and abrupt changes in utility bills.

Upkeep and maintenance of siding are essential to delaying deterioration, but when whole areas of siding are affected by rot, warping, and significant disintegration, those indicators should send signals to remove and replace current siding.

As siding experts explain to those considering replacement, higher quality siding will retain its color and form for decades. If siding repairs are mounting, then it may be time to consider replacing the siding.

Is It Time For New siding?

If you think it is time to replace the siding on your home then Pro Home Improvement can help. We provide our siding services all over Southeastern Michigan. We have helped homeowners from St Claire Shores to Ann Arbor. No matter where we install our pro grade siding we never charge more for distance. We offer free insulation estimates that include a full inspection.

For more information on when to reaplce siding, or to learn about our services and pricing contact us directly at 888-PRO-1998 (888-776-1998). You can also schedule a Free No-Pressure Estimate today!

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