Take a walk around your home and inspect for these listed things. If you happen to come across some or all of them, most likely it’s time to replace your siding.
Siding protects your home from elements that can cause interior damage. If your siding has begun to rot, then most likely it will not be able to do its job of protecting. You may be able to replace just the part that is rotting depending on the extent of it, if not you will have to start from scratch replacing all of it.
Cracks and Gaps
Holes and cracks are more than just unpleasing to your eye, they actual compromise the structure of your home. Gaps and cracks allow moisture to enter which is bad especially for wood siding, but anywhere water can get in so can bugs and insects.
There doesn’t necessarily have to be visual damage in order to know you have to replace your siding. If you notice drafts around walls and windows, or even receptacles, then replacing your siding can save you big money on heating and cooling bills.
Moisture and Mold
This can usually be spotted first in the interior of your home, wherever you find moisture or mold and mildew build up, you should check the exterior of your home in the same area. If damaged siding in that area is the problem then you should move quickly to replace it.
Planning to Move
When you plan on selling your house you should replace all the siding in order to boost the resale value. Vinyl siding in today’s time proves to offer the best return on the investment.
Extremely Faded Siding
This shows that your siding has become extremely weak, and that it has reached the end of its life span. This can allow all the above damages to happen very quickly due to how weak it is, make sure you act quickly in replacing your siding once you notice this.
Not every circumstance calls for you to replace all siding on your home; in some cases you may be able to just replace the damaged or affected area. Make sure that only replacing the affected area will solve your problem completely, so that in the future you aren’t creating a bigger problem for yourself. Remember to routinely inspect your siding in order to notice problems before they spiral out of hand.