How Do You Know When It’s Time for a Siding Replacement?
While good replacement siding might last for as long as you own your home, no siding lasts forever. If your home’s siding has hung on the wall for decades upon decades, it may be time to make a change — especially if the siding wasn’t a particularly hardy material in the first place. But how can you tell? When you see your home every day, it can be easy to be overly critical…or overly complacent, either of which make it difficult to see your siding objectively. Here are a few clues that it may be time for a siding replacement:
Is your siding constantly fading and needing to be repainted? Does the paint flake off or bubble, causing an unattractive, shoddy appearance that has to be painted over every five years? This isn’t inevitable. In fact, quality siding comes in vibrant colors that can last for as long as eight years or more. If your siding needs constant repainting, that may mean that you need to replace it with something that better holds up to the elements.
Cracks in the Surface
Has your siding started to crack or buckle over time? These imperfections may be small, and hard to make out from the road, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously. If your siding is cracked, buckled, or warped, that means it’s less able to protect the walls of your home. This could spell trouble for your structural integrity or for the in-wall insulation of your home. Either way, if you have an issue with cracking siding, it’s best to go ahead and get that replaced.
Spreading Dry Rot
Wood siding is beautiful, elegant, and has great thermal performance, but it can also be vulnerable to swelling, warping, and rot. Dry rot starts out subtly, with a fungi infection below the surface. Your siding might look fine from the outside, but dry rot could be eating away at it underneath. You can test for dry rot by tapping at the siding with the rubber end of a garden tool. If you notice the siding feels soft or gives a bit, that’s an indication of dry rot — and a desperate sign that you need to replace your siding.
Increasing Energy Bills
Good siding helps to protect your home’s insulation and seal, so that you stay comfortable no matter what time of year. If your siding isn’t performing well, you might start to feel drafts in your home, which can cause a spike in your heating bills. In summer, your home might feel stuffy and your air conditioner may need to work twice as hard to keep it cool. Eventually, you’ll end up paying more for living with your faulty siding than it might cost to replace it…through your energy bills.
Are you in need of a siding replacement? At Jancewicz & Son, we offer high quality vinyl and wood siding that’s built and installed to last for years. Contact us today for more information or a free estimate.