As your home ages, some features will inevitably need to be updated or replaced. While this isn’t always bad (your kitchen remodel might give you new countertops and cabinets), it can cost you more if things haven’t been kept up-to-date. One area where this often happens is with siding. If your house’s siding has been around for a while, it might be time for a replacement! Here are some signs that it might be time to replace your house’s siding:
Signs It’s Time To Replace Siding
Most siding can last for many years, but if yours shows signs of aging, you may need to replace it. The first thing to look out for is water infiltration and leaking: if the siding on your home has become worn or damaged by weathering or other factors, moisture can get underneath it and cause damage inside the walls of your house. This moisture can lead to mold growth, mildew, and structural problems like rot in wood framing members.
When the color of your siding has faded, it’s time to replace it. Siding has a large surface area, so keeping the color from fading can be difficult. A faded color can make a house look older than it is and may even make people think that you don’t take care of your home or property.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are common on vinyl siding. If you notice that your siding is developing a greenish-black moldy film, it may be time to replace your house siding. Mold can cause health problems for those with allergies or respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Mildew is a fungus that grows in warm, damp conditions like bathrooms or kitchens–or outside when it rains heavily. When mildew appears on the vinyl siding near windowsills where moisture collects after rainstorms, this can lead to the rotting of trim boards underneath them.
If you notice holes in the siding, it’s probably time to replace your house siding. Holes can indicate moisture damage and termite infestation in wooden siding. In vinyl siding, holes usually indicate brittleness & a possible sudden impact. In either case, holes will allow moisture to seep into the interior walls of your home & cause damage if not addressed promptly. Call a professional for an inspection if you see any cracks in or around windows and doors or holes in your siding.
Contact the Siding Experts
Replacing your house’s siding is one of the best ways to update the look of your home. If you’re considering replacing your siding, contact Allstate Exteriors! We install a variety of siding materials, including vinyl, fiber cement, aluminum, wood, and steel siding. So contact us today for a free estimate!