Many homeowners who have old siding are asking themselves the question, does my siding need replacing? Can I repair what I already have or should I have new siding installed? Depending on a number of factors, including your budget and how long you plan to stay in your home, there are many factors to consider when replacing siding. First, read on to find out if your home needs residing. The first thing to look for is warped panels or panels tearing away from the home, separating seams, swelling, boards that no longer lay flat, rotten wood or moisture on the inside of your house. These 5 things can be tell-tale signs that siding might need to be replaced.
$11) 1) Warped or Torn Panels: warped panels or panels tearing away from the home, separating seams, swelling, boards that no longer lay flat are a sign that siding is failing. Check under the siding boards, if the surface behind the siding is soft, wet or rotting, that is a sure sign it’s time to replace siding.
$12) 2) Moldy or Rotten Wood: mold growing on siding and/or rotten wood or moisture on the inside of your house
$13) 3) Broken or Loose Panels: like the above, this can be a sign that the siding is failing to protect your home’s exterior as it should.
$14) 4) Peeling Paint: Peeling paint or loose, wet wall paper on a home’s interior walls can be a sign of water entering the home, either from failed siding or roofing materials.
$15) 5) Dry Rot: If you have wood siding, this can be cause for concern. It’s hard to detect however. Tap in the surface of siding with a screwdriver will help review weak spots. It’s difficult to tell if your home has dry rot without removing the siding to inspect for damage. When in doubt, call a professional to have your home's siding inspected.
Often times, siding can be repaired or damaged panels can be replaced. However, if you need to replace old siding, energy efficient vinyl siding is a great way to go. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, energy efficient and long lasting. When you reside your home with vinyl siding, you’ll add instant value and recoup your renovation costs more quickly compared to more expensive siding options like stone or wood.
Want to have your home’s siding inspected by as professional? Call the experts at Trim A Seal. We’ve are a Certainteed 5 Star Siding Contractor in Northwest Indiana. We make home improvement fast, affordable and easy. Call 800-217-6355 or visit www.trimaseal.com.