Possibly you’ve noticed that the exterior of your home is showing its age.
Replacing your home’s siding may not be at the top of your to-do lists, but perhaps it should be. Siding does wear out, crack, break, and just gets old and drab looking. Eventually it can begin to leak; when that happens it may already be too late to prevent other major repairs.
One way to know for sure that your siding has reached its life expectancy is if you stand at a distance away and you can see obvious damage, it’s most likely time to replace your siding. But a closer inspection can also turn up less obvious signs that your siding needs to be replaced.
1. Is there warping or a wavy affect to your siding?
If there is, this could be a sign of water damage. Or many other different problems that can cause your siding to buckle.
2. Do the seams seem to be loose?
Siding seams should be tight to keep out moisture and debris. Over time, the seams can become loose. This allows the outside elements in behind the siding causing a host of other damages.
3. Can you see dents, cracks, holes or scratches?
If a vast majority of your siding has this damage, it’s time to think about replacement. This will help avoid any future problems caused by the continued worsening of these issues.
If the damage is cracks and/or holes in the siding, this is an inlet for insects and water. Consider this damage as an immediate concern.
4. Does your home seem less energy efficient?
Siding is a big contributor to the energy efficiency of your home. If your home is not as efficient as it used to be or just believe that the efficiency isn’t where it could or should be, new siding styles of today offer durability and can add a lot to the energy efficiency of your home.
5. Signs of mold, mildew or even rot?
Evidence of these issues can be an actual health risk in and around your home. Addressing these immediately is essential.
Evidence of moisture behind the siding can be evident in the home, like loose or peeling wallpaper or peeling paint.
6. Fading siding color?
This may not be a cause for immediate concern, but fading color on siding is an indication that the siding is older and may have other underlying issues. The color fading itself is more of an aesthetic issue, but it shows the age and/or quality of your current siding. This should at least bring siding onto your home improvement radar.
7. Do you want to update the aesthetics of your home?
Replacing your siding is not always about damage. It can be simply because you no longer like the look of your current siding or you’re just tired of painting it. Maybe you have a brick, wood, etc. and you think your home would look nicer with different siding. The siding colors and styles available today offer homeowners endless options to enhance the curb appeal and resale value.
Remember that if/when you do decide your siding needs to be replaced, if your gutters and downspouts are also showing their age, this is the perfect time to replace these as well.
Cutting and fitting siding so that it is installed to provide the ultimate protection from water, wind, and other outside elements takes a professional with years of experience. We are your team of experienced siding installers with many years of installing siding on Lancaster, PA homes. We offer Ply Gem Mastic and Certainteed siding, so you will always find the siding you love.
Contact us today for a free estimate.