Should I Replace or Repair My Siding? 5 Signs to Look For
One of the ugliest parts of homeownership is the damage wear and tear on a home’s infrastructure can do to your wallet. Among these necessary repairs and replacements are your home’s siding, which can be costly.
The last thing you’re going to want to do is drop your savings on a siding replacement. However, you may need to in order to protect your home and your family. Here are 5 signs to look for when determining whether or not your home’s siding needs replacement or repair.
Dry Rot & Crumbling
You can spot dry rot on your home’s siding by looking for dark-colored and deteriorated wood. This form of wood decay is caused by fungus which eats away at your wood siding. There’s a good chance that if you catch dry rot in your wood siding, you will need a full replacement. We recommend choosing vinyl siding for your replacement, which is not prone to rot.
Chunks of Siding Are M.I.A
Does your siding have gaping holes or chunks of material missing? Chances are a rodent or pest of another kind has found its way into your home. If that pest is termites, it’s bad news for your home’s infrastructure. Not to mention, if a pest can find its way in, so can water, which has the power to cause even more damage to your wood framing. If you catch any holes in your siding, repair them immediately to avoid major headaches down the road.
Paint Is Chipping
If your siding paint is chipping, peeling, or cracking, that’s a good indication it’s time for a repair or even a replacement. Paint chips expose the raw structural material of your siding to harsh weather conditions, which can later cause more damage than aesthetics.
While giving your home siding a fresh coat of paint as a quick fix can be more wallet-friendly, a few years down the road your paint may show signs of chipping or peeling again, which causes you to have to repeat this process over an over. And who wants the stress of repeating nightmares?
Your Home Experiences Major Energy Loss
If your monthly energy bills are skyrocketing, chances are your home’s energy efficiency is lacking. If you’re at a loss for what the cause may be after inspecting the roof and attic, check your siding. You may need to add more insulation to your home’s framing and check for small airways between your siding panels. Quick fixes may help temporarily, but in this situation, it’s best to get a replacement to seal up any and all airways.
If You Need to Sell Your Home
Are you looking to sell your home? You’ll have better luck doing so by cleaning up your home’s siding and repairing it as needed. If your home is still rocking the outdated baby pink color from the 1950s, chances are you’ll need to update it to a more modern and approachable color. If you have any of the above damage, you’ll need to address it before a home inspector catches on and deters buyers from signing your home.