10 Signs You Need New Siding and Roofing
Replacing your home’s siding and roofing is a major investment that costs several thousand dollars. While you are probably not very excited by the thought of new siding, it serves an important role to protect your home, prevent water damage, and give your home great curb appeal. The only thing worse than not replacing your siding soon enough is replacing it too soon and potentially throwing away years of service life. Watch for these signs that indicate it’s time to replace your siding.
#1. You have hail damage
Dents, cracks, chips, and holes are all signs of hail damage to your siding. Unfortunately, hail damage isn’t just cosmetic; it can reduce the ability of your siding to work as a protective barrier. It may be possible to replace just the damaged siding but this can be challenging. Finding siding that matches other undamaged areas of your home may be impossible in which case replacement is the best course of action.
#2. Your siding is loose
Loose siding can be caused by many problems like the house settling, wind damage, or just poor installation. If the siding is loose, it needs to be addressed.
#3. You have wood rot
When wood siding begins to crumble or rot, it isn’t performing its job. It also becomes a major eyesore that can’t be repaired.
#4. Your vinyl siding has gaps or cracks
Vinyl siding isn’t very strong against impacts such as flying rocks from the lawnmower or blowing debris. Once it develops gaps, cracks, and holes, its integrity has been compromised. These gaps allow water inside where it can damage wood and eventually enter your home. Insects and other pests can also enter these holes and lead to widespread damage.
#5. You have pest damage
Pests can cause a wide variety of damage to siding, especially cedar siding. While cedar is insect-resistant, it’s not pest-proof. Squirrels, rats, and mice can chew holes in your siding and roof. Woodpeckers are also known to love homes covered in cedar siding which they can cover with small holes. If your siding is already compromised, you may even see birds nesting underneath it.
#6. You see blistering or bubbling on your siding
This can happen when your siding is exposed to excess moisture or heat. If you see any flaws that weren’t there when the siding was installed, such as bubbles, it’s a sign of trouble. The damaged areas can be replaced if you can find matching siding and roofing.
#7. Your energy costs are rising
If you notice drafts around outlets, walls, and windows, the problem isn’t necessarily your windows; it may be the siding. Replacing your old siding with insulated siding can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15% while making your home more comfortable.
#8. Your siding is bulging or buckled
Once siding bulges or buckles, it needs to be replaced. You may only have a small area of damage but the problem may be widespread. These issues may be caused by excess heat or poor installation or it could be a sign of hidden problems like moisture damage behind the siding.
#9. Your siding is high maintenance
There may be nothing wrong with your siding except that it requires a great deal of work. This is especially true with wood siding, which requires fairly frequent maintenance in the form of staining, painting, and cleaning. Consider upgrading to low-maintenance vinyl or thermal siding that’s easy to clean and doesn’t need to be refinished.
#10. You want a new look
Your siding may be stained, outdated, or just an unattractive color or style. Whatever the reason, upgrading to new siding can be a cosmetic and functional home upgrade that gives your home a facelift and your pocketbook a break in terms of energy costs.
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