How Can I Tell If My Home Needs New Siding?
Your home’s siding is its first line of defense against the elements. Though there are a number of types of siding, most siding installation is rated for winds of up to 110 mph: this means that – in addition to withstanding rain, snow, hail, sleet, and ice – the strong and durable material is equipped to last against powerful winds. The final product seems indestructible by most standards.
However, even the strongest of structures crumble eventually. Time is a powerful force; if you notice any of the following five signs in your vinyl siding, you may need new siding.
Bubbling and Blistering
Homes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s used an older form of vinyl siding that would bubble and blister in high temperatures. Modern vinyl is impervious to such damage; if you notice the signs on your home’s siding, it’s time to upgrade.
Dents, Chips, and Cracks
Siding protects your home from the weather, but in extreme cases, hail (combined with strong winds) can cause physical cracks and chips. This can open your home up to water damage, creating a costly and frustrating situation.
If you live near a wooded area, some small critters and animals might consider your home to be their home. Birds, squirrels, and mice have been known to seek shelter from the outdoors by finding their way through wood and old vinyl siding.
Warping and Rippling
Mild warping and rippling, though unattractive, is relatively harmless. If it becomes more severe, however, it may provide an entry point for water.
Increased Energy Bills
A home’s exterior siding can contribute to how effectively it insulates. If yours is old and worn, heat and cool air may be escaping, leading to higher energy bills.
Vinyl siding repair and replacement is not as complicated as it seems. Because individual square footage is not used, your siding will come in a 10 ft by 10 ft ‘square.’ This makes installation much easier and more efficient, saving you both time and money. If you think you need new siding, don’t delay; the longer your home is exposed to rain, ice, and wind, the more pronounced (and expensive) the damage will be.