Check out some of these signs that signify it’s time for a siding replacement.
When you have siding that is damaged or even partly missing, water can easily get in through the cracks to cause internal damage to your walls. Don’t think for a moment that water will only damage the home exterior around your siding panels because it will seep in to create serious problems.
Look for any signs of damage, including rotting or warped siding panels, cracks, loose or faded siding, or even holes put through your siding. If you find bubbles on your siding, it may indicate that water has become trapped beneath the panel. Since siding is intended to keep water out and away from your internal walls, it shows that your existing siding is no longer providing the proper protection your home needs.
Check Inside for Peeling Paint or Loose Wallpaper
It’s easy to miss the connection and most homeowners don’t, but if you see paint peeling off your walls and wallpaper that will not stick, you may have a faulty siding issue. Water could be trickling in under the siding and pushing through to your wall boards, creating too much moisture for paint and wallpaper on your wall surfaces.
Higher Than Normal Energy Bills
Watch for heating and cooling costs to start climbing quite dramatically, or bills that are out of the ordinary for your area. That could be a clue that you need siding replacement. Low-grade insulation levels, faulty siding, or poor siding installation are common causes of higher energy bills.
Fungus, Mold, and Mildew
Seeing any kind of growth in or around your home can be off-putting but check it frequently and look at your siding, especially around the seams to see if there is fungus, mold, or mildew. This could be a sign of water penetration. If left too long, this can cause structural damage and health issues.
Dilapidated Curb Appeal
When siding looks old or has damage, it can negatively affect the appearance of your home. This can drop your property value significantly when you try to sell your home. Even if you’re not selling, coming home to a poorly kept property that needs a new siding installation can be psychologically difficult.