As a homeowner, you probably constantly have a to-do list of repairs and improvements you would like to do around the house. Replacing your siding might be towards the bottom of the list, but it is important to keep an eye out for signs of damage. Your siding plays an important role in protecting your home and improving energy efficiency. That is why you should keep an eye out for these signs that your siding needs replacement.
Signs of Damage
Even a quick visual inspection can help you identify signs of a problem. Be on the lookout for any cracks, bubbles, or blisters. Not only do cracks and gaps affect your home’s curb appeals, they mean that your home is being exposed to water, insects, and extreme weather. Blistering is a sure sign that water has made its way into the siding and the integrity of your home has been compromised. If you notice areas of visible damage, don’t make the mistake of dismissing them and having to deal with a larger problem down the road.
If the siding has been exposed to moisture and the elements for a long period of time, rotting can occur. The siding will become soft and even crumble. Hopefully, you can catch rot early on and only have to replace a section of siding.
It is natural for siding to get dirty over time, but mold is a different story. Fungus and mold will only grow where they can find moisture. Mold is a sure sign that you are dealing with a moisture problem and may have to replace your siding.
High Energy Bills
In addition to more visible signs of damage, you should also keep an eye on your energy bills. If you have noticed that you are spending more each month, your siding could be part of the problem, and replacing it could bring down your energy costs.
Once moisture has worked its way into the home, you may also notice signs of damage on your interior walls. There could be watermarks or you could experience walls that have trouble holding paint and wallpaper.
Different siding materials have different lifespans and maintenance requirements. Be sure that you are properly caring for your siding and looking for signs of damage. For help with all your siding and home improvement needs, contact the professionals at Gerald Jones Company.