Old siding doesn't just look bad, it can also cause major damage to your home. You don't want to put off a replacement for too long or you may end up with more costly repairs. The following signs can help you make a decision, since they indicate that your siding is no longer doing its job.
Sign #1: Warp Damage
Vinyl siding can become warped, either from heat or wind damage. While this may only look like an appearance issue, if can also cause interior problems. Warped siding isn't creating a proper protective layer on your home. Moisture can work its way under a warped siding board and wreak havoc on the structure beneath. If in doubt, reach under the warped siding with a screwdriver and poke at the wall beneath. You need to schedule a replacement and a possible repair if the wall beneath the siding feels soft or rotten. If the damage is minimal and you can find a color match, you may be able to only replace the warped board instead of siding the entire home.
Sign #2: Rotten Boards
Wood siding is most prone to rot You can help minimize this wet rot by painting it regularly so the wood is protected from moisture damage. You should also do regular inspections for any signs of rot, such as splintering boards or soft boards. Poking gently at various parts of the siding with a screwdriver will reveal any tell-tale soft spots. Dry rot, on the other hand, occurs when there is too little humidity. The boards tend to crumble from the inside out, so you may not notice it right away. You can tap the boards gently. If some sound more hollow than others, they may have dry rot. Full or partial replacement is the only option for rotten wood siding.
Sign #3: Holes or Cracks
Weather or impacts are the main causes of holes and cracks. Hail storms can cause major damage to some vinyl siding types, while a impacts from vehicles, balls, or other items can also cause a crack or a hole to form in both wood and vinyl. Larger holes may invite pests, such as birds, to take up residence behind the siding. At the very least, moisture will get in. If you have holes or cracks, you will need to at least have the damaged portion replaced as soon as possible.
Sign #4: Interior Problems
Some external issues are visible indoors before they show outdoors. If you are having trouble with peeling paint or sagging plaster on your interior walls, you may have moisture trapped beneath your siding. This can lead to major structural damage so it must be addressed immediately. In most cases the old siding needs removed and new weatherproof housewrap needs to be applied to your home. Then, your contractor will install new siding. You may also need to have some interior repairs done. For more information about new siding, contact a remodeling contractor, such as Affordable Home Remodeling.Share