Faulty siding can wreak havoc on your home. What may appear as small holes in your house siding could indicate insect infestation and create a vulnerable entrance to your home. Avoid major repairs by proactively inspecting your siding and addressing any problems such as cracked, warped, or damaged siding.
Siding functions as a protective barrier on your home. It safeguards your most valuable investment from destruction. It guards your home from severe weather and provides structure that’s vital to your home’s integrity. So when siding fails, your home is at risk for moisture damage and more. Here are some signs it’s time for new siding:
1. Hail damage
Storms can bring swift destruction to siding. A hailstorm can cause chips, dents, and cracks to siding that require immediate attention to prevent further damage. Once a home’s siding shows signs of hail damage, siding solutions need to be implemented swiftly to avoid costly moisture damage.
2. Dry rot
Moisture retention causes dry rot—an unwanted fungus—to flourish. The result is decomposed wood siding. When dry rot appears on your siding, it not only looks bad, but it also compromises your home’s protective layer, leaving it exposed to the elements if it’s not addressed promptly.
3. Bubbles in your siding
When extreme heat or moisture impact siding, it can cause blistering or bubbling. Bubbles are a sign your siding has been compromised and needs replacing.
4. Cracked siding
When siding cracks, it should be replaced immediately. If you only have one or two cracked siding panels, it may be possible to simply swap those. If you find several cracked siding panels, it is likely time for siding replacement for your whole home. Don’t risk the trouble cracked siding can cause. Proactively seek solutions with a reputable exterior contractor.
5. Loose siding
Home exteriors are subject to extreme temperatures, change of seasons, and the elements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Siding needs to be strong and lasting to endure the severe weather it’s subject to and protect your home properly. If it was installed correctly, it should stay intact. When siding loosens, it’s often a sign it wasn’t installed right. Damaging winds can also be the culprit when it comes to wobbly siding. Some homes simply settle, and siding undoes as a result. When siding loosens, your home is at risk for more damage. Replace it promptly and sure up your home’s protective layer.
6. Increased utilities bills
When utilities bills skyrocket, there’s a reason behind the change. Increased energy costs are viable evidence your home is no longer insulated properly. Check your roofing to verify it’s up to date, and have your siding inspected for problems. Very likely, your siding is at fault and needs replacing. New siding offers increased insulation to your home and gives you consistent energy savings throughout the year.
7. High maintenance
Wood siding requires regular upkeep. If you’ve painted or stained your siding repeatedly and you’re ready for low-maintenance fiber cement siding, contact a home exterior contractor and ask about America’s favorite siding product: James Hardie siding. Its low maintenance, durability, and beauty make it the top siding material in our nation. It protects over 8,000,000 homes and boasts a substantial 30-year transferable, non-prorated warranty that keeps homeowners confident in their siding investment.
8. Woodpecker damage
Woodpeckers can significantly harm wood siding, leaving your home vulnerable to the elements and further damage. The holes woodpeckers make are often small and easy to overlook at the beginning. Inspect your siding regularly to verify you aren’t suffering costly damages from woodpeckers.
9. Insect damage
Unfortunately, some siding materials attract insects and provide the type of conditions favorable for insect infestation including termites, carpenter ants, and more. Look for visible signs of infestation, and address it promptly if you find evidence of termites, ants or other pesky critters invading your home exterior.
10. Peeling wallpaper indoors
When your home’s wallpaper suddenly begins peeling off the walls, you may need new siding. Also, when paint peels off your interior walls, it could also be a sign that it’s time for new siding. If you procrastinate addressing the problem, it could worsen and become even more costly.
11. Faded siding
When siding becomes faded, it looks bad and creates an uninviting look to your home exterior. If siding fades, it may be a sign that it has reached the end of its life and has weakened in its ability to properly protect and insulate your home.
12. Old looking
Outdated siding colors, styles, and materials can create a less than inviting home exterior. Sometimes new siding is needed simply to update a home’s look and boost its aesthetics. Get eye-catching curb appeal with gorgeous new James Hardie fiber cement siding. The multiple style options and factory baked-on color will give you ample opportunity to express your style and complement your home’s architecture. Your home’s new appearance will keep you smiling and give you pride in your home’s look again.
Ignoring Old Siding Can Cost You
All siding needs regular maintenance and in time needs to be replaced. When siding falters, cascading problems result due to moisture damage, wood rot, and more. When water penetrates your home’s protective layer, its damaging effects spread throughout your home’s shielding layer. It’s costly to ignore compromised siding. Stay proactive by inspecting your siding and addressing its problems.
Get Low Maintenance Siding Replacement that Lasts
When it’s time for new siding, consider the longevity of James Hardie fiber cement. It’s engineered for your climate to stand up against the weather elements. Its ability to mimic other siding products like wood or stucco gives it the versatility needed to beautify your home in a way you love, and saves you time and money on maintenance and repairs.
Protect what matters with a team of experts you trust. Contact American Way Exteriors, an industry leading, affordable siding and roofing contractor in Dayton, OH. Schedule a free estimate with us today.