Is It Time to Replace Your Siding?

A close-up picture of a hand scrubing off mold from their house siding

The purpose of house siding is for:

  • Decorative purposes
  • To protect it from the weather elements and provide insulation
  •  It also keeps unwanted pests and foreign debris from entering your home

If you have aged or damaged siding, your home may not be receiving the protection that it needs. Ugly worn-out siding in the front of your house significantly affects your home’s curb appeal. Not only does it look bad, but it can also influence the way you feel about your home. If the aged or damaged siding is on the rear or side of your house where your neighbors can’t see it, it can be easy to put off fixing it until later. Although no one else can see the damaged siding, you still know that it’s there. If any of the following conditions exist with the siding on your home, it’s probably time to replace it.

Cracked Or Rotting House Siding

If you have cracked or rotting siding on your home, it may be past the point of repair and needs replacing. Because of its condition, the siding has been subject to the elements for some time. If you poke at the damaged areas, you may discover there are cracks underneath the siding where small insects and pests can get inside.

Presence Of Mold Or Mildew

The presence of mold and mildew is usually a sign of moisture. You may not see any water damage on the inside of your home yet. The siding may not have deteriorated to the point where the water is getting on the inside.

If you don’t see water damage inside the home, it could also be because sheetrock, wallpaper, or other wall coverings is masking the damaged area. Even if there’s no noticeable water damage present, it’s worth investigating and replacing the areas where you see mold and mildew.

Peeling Paint Inside The House

If the paint on the wall inside your home is peeling, it means moisture is somehow getting inside the house. Loose wallpaper and the peeling paint could be a sign of damaged siding. If that is indeed the case, the siding is no longer protecting your home, and it needs replacing.

Dull, Faded, Cracking Paint

When your house siding is providing the type of weatherproofing your home needs, the paint color will look vibrant and fresh. If the paint is dull and faded, it could be an indication of a problem. If you discover that your home requires painting more frequently than 8 to 10 years, it may be because of the siding and not the quality of the paint.

An Increase In Energy Costs

If your home is adequately insulated, it will help control the amount of energy that’s necessary to heat and cool your home. If you experience an increase in your utility bill for no other known reason, it could be due to damaged or ineffective siding. Cracked, worn-out, rotting siding is an ugly eyesore that you do not want for your home. If you have peeling paint, mold, or mildew present, it may be time to replace your siding. You’ll save money on the cost of having to paint, heat, and cool your home. If you feel your house siding is in need of repair or replacement, contact Ainger Roofing & Exteriors, and inquire about our house siding options. We provide free, no-obligation estimates and are happy to sit down with you and help select the house siding option, color, and other features that would look best with your home or office.

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