As a homeowner, it can be tough deciding on the right time to replace your home’s siding. On the one hand, keeping your home’s exterior well protected from the elements is massively important. On the other, replacing your siding before it truly needs replacing can by a costly and unnecessary expense. So how do you determine whether it’s time to replace your siding or not, and what type of siding do you choose to replace it with? As your siding experts, we here at Tight Line Exteriors have collected a few at-a-glance tips to help you determine whether or not it’s time to replace your siding, and how to choose between various siding styles.
Signs It’s Time to Change
As homeowners, we all have to deal with the easy-to-forget fact that our home’s exterior is not impervious to wear and tear over the years. But what’s really an issue that needs immediate attention, and how do you spot it? If your siding has begun to display any of the following, it’s time to replace your home’s protective exterior:
The Bad News: If you see signs of rot – peeling paint, discolored boards, warping, crumbling panels – it is definitely time to replace your siding. What good is having siding if it can’t protect the rest of your home from the elements?
The Good News: If you catch the rot quickly enough, you might only need to replace the affected area. However, if the rot has spread, it’s time to replace the siding all over your home.
Chips, Cracks, and Gaps
The Bad News: If any part of your home underneath the siding is exposed to the outside elements, you need to replace your siding, stat. Your siding can’t protect what it can’t cover – not to mention, it’s not very attractive to look at.
The Good News: If you catch cracks and gaps before your home is exposed to moisture and pests, you might only need to replace the defective panels!
Drafts and Hefty Bills
The Bad News: You can’t wholly depend on the appearance of your siding to identify problems.
The Good News: Keeping an eye on energy bill averages and making note if you feel a draft near your walls or windows will help you quickly identify changes in your siding’s thermal performance and energy efficiency.
Warps and Mildew
The Bad News: If you notice siding that no longer lies flat against your home, it’s time to replace that siding before it allows moisture build up. Vice versa, if you find mold or mildew on an interior wall, immediately inspect your home’s exterior in the same location, to determine if damaged siding is at fault.
The Good News: If you do find faulty siding to be the case, the fix can be simple – replacement (along with mold remediation),
When It’s Time to Replace Your Siding
When you do decide to replace your siding, look to the expertise at Tight Line Exteriors to help ensure you get the best siding solution for your home and budget. Our experts will help thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior to make sure it’s well protected from the elements. We’re also a preferred contractor for industry leading brands like James Hardie, so you know that your home will be safe and stylish when you work with us.