5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Siding

Whether you have wood, vinyl or fiber cement siding, all materials can show signs of wear over the years and decades. From wood rot and warping to cracking and peeling paint, there are many reasons why you need to replace your siding soon. Let’s take a look at the top five reasons:

1.    Mold

Because your siding is the last line of defense for your interior, it takes a lot of abuse from Mother Nature. All that moisture accumulation can lead to mold growth, which looks unsightly and can pose health problems. Not only can mold form on the exterior, it can also start showing up on the interior. If you are having mold problems that can’t be attributed to anything else, your siding and insulation could be to blame.

2.    Warping

Vinyl in particular is prone to warping over time, usually due to exposure from heat. In the summer, the sun beats down on your siding, directing lots of thermal energy at your walls. Poor-quality vinyl and dark colors do not handle this onslaught well, and will warp and buckle as the siding continues to absorb that heat and expand.

The problem is exacerbated by cold winters, whereby the vinyl contracts and worsens the warp effect.

3.    Cracks

Whether from impacts or from loosened siding over time, cracks not only look bad in terms of aesthetics, they also invite pests into your home. On top of that, they allow water to get inside which can lead to mold and leaks. Sometimes you can replace one panel if the crack is localized. If the damage is extensive, the entire home may have to be re-sided.

4.    Peeling Paint

If you have wooden siding, the biggest sign you need new siding is peeling paint. You may want to upgrade to fiber cement or vinyl at this time to avoid having to re-paint your home every few years. Paint peels as a result of moisture infiltration and UV ray exposure, which also serves to fade the paint color.

Considering the fact that you have to paint your home every five or so years, with vinyl siding lasting upwards of 20 years, it’s a good upgrade to make.

5.    High Heating Bills

If you can find no other explanation for why your heating bills have skyrocketed over recent months, your siding could be the culprit. New siding is more energy efficient and can hold in heat and cool air much better than old outdated siding. As a result, you will enjoy lower energy bills and increased comfort within the home.

Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding for Top Quality Siding

Have you encountered any of the above problems with your siding? We would be happy to come out for an inspection and suggest the best course of action. Just call us today at 800-851-0900 to book your consultation and get a free quote.

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