Siding is your home’s protective outer layer as well as an important part of its curb appeal. Over time, though, it suffers from wear and tear due to the elements. Knowing when it’s time for replacement is necessary to safeguard your home. Here are some indications to watch for.
How to Know You Need New Siding
The most apparent sign is damage. Whether from old age or inclement weather, cracks, holes, bubbles, chips, and dents are unsightly and will lower your property’s curb appeal.
You may also notice warping from excess water or heat, and planks may come loose due to heavy winds or subpar installation. Damage will increase the risk of precipitation infiltrating weakened areas.
2. Animal & Pest Trouble
Critters can wreak havoc on your siding. Woodpeckers, squirrels, termites, and more will leave behind holes and other trouble even when it’s vinyl instead of wood, leaving your home’s outer layer vulnerable to problems such as leaks and insect infestations. It’s wise to reseal your property and prevent these issues.
3. Dry Rot & Mold
Dry rot is a wood fungus that thrives on moisture. It also breaks down your wooden components and weakens the material on your house.
You may not see all of the damage at first since the rot may occur behind the protective layer. Eventually, however, it will show signs of decay as the problem worsens. Mold and mildew grow in excessively moist areas, cause damage, and lead to health issues for residents sensitive to spores.
4. Increased Energy Usage
Have you noticed your energy bills are rising? If so, your home may not be as insulated as it once was. Siding helps seal in heating and cooling, and when it degrades, your walls no longer block energy leaks to keep bills manageable.
Sometimes the decision to update siding is purely cosmetic. Either your old material is looking faded and worn or the color is outdated and no longer in style. Whatever the reason, your house will receive a much-needed boost.
To protect and beautify your home, contact Ray St. Clair Roofing Inc. These highly trained experts have been serving the greater Cincinnati, OH, area since 1954 and will never try to talk you into a replacement when a repair will do the job right. They specialize in both residential and commercial roofing, siding, and gutters. Learn more about their services on their website or call (513) 874-1234 to get an estimate today.