Replacing your home’s siding is a vital undertaking, and just like a roof is a hefty investment. It is a cost that most homeowners don’t want to incur. But you can’t delay replacement when needed because a minor issue with siding can lead to structural damage and more expensive repairs down the road.
Your siding is the first line of defense against harsh elements and pests. It keeps your home comfortable, appealing, and safe for your family. However, the glaring sun, harsh-weather, and strong winds can take a toll on your siding. Even the best-maintained siding can fall victim to the very threats it’s meant to repel. Most types of siding last for decades, especially when they are properly maintained. Traditional wood, engineered wood, vinyl, and aluminum are a few of the many choices. But even with sturdy material and proper maintenance, siding has a lifespan, and the time comes when replacement becomes obvious. Here are some renovation tips for when it’s time to replace the siding.
Benefits of Siding Replacement
Siding replacement comes with benefits like eye-catching curb appeal, higher home resale value, improved energy efficiency, and lower maintenance requirements. Even if you’re looking to lease or rent a property, pay attention to exterior features – especially the siding.
Here are some obvious signs of when your siding needs to be replaced.
Rot or Crumble. When your siding has started to crumble or rot, it’s a tell-tale sign that it is no longer protecting your home. If you find confined damage, you may need only repair the affected area. But if it is wide-spread, there’s nothing you can do but to replace all of it.
Cracks or Gaps. Holes and cracks in siding are not just unsightly; they admit moisture, critters, and insects. This damaged siding can compromise the structural integrity of your home.
Repetitive Maintenance. Some kinds of siding induce maintenance overload. If you need to refinish siding (usually wood siding that needs staining or waterproofing) every few years, and that chore has become overwhelming, consider replacing your siding with a low-maintenance type.
Higher Energy Bills. Increasing energy costs are a subtle indication of siding underperformance. If you feel drafts near walls, windows, or electrical receptacles, additional insulation or new siding is unavoidable.
Moisture & Mold. When you discover moisture or mold on an exterior wall in your home, check the siding in that area. If the siding appears damaged, that means it has deteriorated beyond repair. You need to update the siding, the insulation, or both.
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Your siding is a vital protecting element for your home and your family. If you find any of the above signs in your siding, ask a professional company for renovation tips to guide you through the entire re-siding project. The Windows By Toll staff can assist you with selecting an energy-efficient material to install without a hassle. Call us at 203-580-9945 and see what we can do for you.