Your home's siding is one of the first and last lines of defense between the exterior elements and the interior of your home. Over time, your siding can become worn due to excessive temperature fluctuations, weather exposure and a whole host of other variables that make interior water leaks and other issues more likely. Fortunately, there are a number of early warning signs that you can watch out for to determine when you should contact a professional Siding contractor for new siding downriver Michigan and to replace your siding before any such issues manifest themselves.
The most obvious sign that it's time to consider replacing your siding is if you notice any sort of physical damage to it. Cracking, splitting or warping boards can all point to excessive age and wear. Physical damage can provide pathways for water to enter your home - where it can cause all sorts of damage.
Another clear indication that your siding has likely reached the end of its lifespan is if you notice any sort of discoloration. On steel siding, discoloration can point to rust development. On vinyl siding, it can point to excessive UV exposure. In any case, discoloration is more than a superficial issue. Vinyl siding that has faded with the sun is also extremely brittle and at high risk of cracking or breaking if exposed to physical force. Metal siding with rust spots physically degrades over time as its protective finish wears away, which will grow worse over time with more water exposure. While repainting wooden or vinyl siding can give you a little more protection from the elements, this is nothing more than a temporary solution. The best way to preserve your home's siding is to replace it. This is also more cost effective because you will have to spend less on repairs and maintenance.
Increased Energy Bills:
If you notice that your energy bills have suddenly ticked upwards, without a corresponding increase in the amount of energy you use, then your siding may be to blame. Over time, siding can lose its insulated qualities, which means that you may experience drafts, hot spots, and reduced comfort within your home. You should look out for at least one other sign on this list of siding age and wear. Increased energy bills can also be caused by issues with your HVAC system or age and wear to your windows, doors, or roof.
Another clear indication that you may want to consider replacing your siding is if there is any sort of plant growth on it - including moss and mold. This points to the fact that your siding is holding onto a great deal of water or water is getting trapped behind its surface. Wooden siding is more susceptible to plant growth. For certain dark and damp areas along the side of your home, it may make sense to replace old wooden siding with metal or vinyl siding, which is more resistant to such growth.
Finally, aged and failing siding can also manifest itself within your home in the form of water damage. Peeling paint and wallpaper, mold and mildew growth, and water marks can all point to rainwater seeping through gaps in your siding.