Siding is one of the components of your home that can be easy to overlook. You see it so often, that you probably won’t pick up on small details. However, your siding does much more than just keep your home looking great. It also protects the integrity of your home and helps it operate more energy efficiently. That is why it is important to regularly inspect your siding and be on the lookout for the signs that your home is ready for new siding.
Cracks, Rot, and Warping
By the time your siding is suffering from visible cracks and warping, you may have some larger problems on your hands. You will want to poke the siding to see if there is a solid layer underneath or if it has given way to rot. If the damaged siding hasn’t resulted in rot, you should be able to replace it fairly easily, but signs of rot can mean major repairs to restore your home.
Mildew is a sign of excessive moisture, which could mean trouble. You may be able to simply clean the siding, but you will want to make sure that moisture isn’t affecting the exterior of your home.
Siding will naturally fade over time, but if the fading is severe, the siding may not be providing the highest level of weather protection. This isn’t an urgent issue, but you should start planning on replacing your siding.
Higher Energy Bills
There are a variety of factors that can affect your home’s energy efficiency, so you will also want to check windows, insulation, and other areas. However, if these all check out, the problems may be your siding. Old and damaged siding isn’t able to provide year-round insulation.
Peeling Indoor Paint
This is another sign that moisture is being allowed into your home through the siding and exterior walls. Remember that this can cause significant damage and should be addressed immediately.
It may be tempting to assume that old siding just doesn’t look as good as it once did and forget that you could be exposing your home to water damage. If you have noticed any of these signs around your home, call the experts at Gerald Jones Company today and get started replacing your siding.