March 2, 2018.
The siding on your home is arguably the most important exterior feature of your house. Not only does your siding showcase the style of your property, being the biggest curb appeal statement, but your home’s structure relies on the protection of your siding. Old or damaged siding isn’t just an eyesore, reducing your home’s value. It also provides ample opportunity for moisture damage and other problems.
Being able to recognize when it’s time to call a siding professional can potentially save you thousands in home repairs from damage relating to weakened siding.
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5 warning signs your house needs new siding
The average homeowner may have a tricky time determining whether their home’s siding needs a deep cleaning or if it’s time for a full-on siding change. Though some sidings may have a few different characteristics, there are five major signs that apply across the board.
If your siding has any of these issues, you will need a full siding replacement:
- Damaged boards or panels – Chances are high that any physical damage to the siding warrants a full replacement. In many cases, if widespread damage has occurred, or the siding has been left unrepaired for a long time, a simple board or panel repair is likely not an option. There may also be damage from insects such as termites that have destroyed the wood siding on your home.
- Cracking, fading, or peeling from weather – Cracks, fading, and peeling are signs of aging, often occurring due to harsh sunlight and/or from frost and thaw cycles. Also, if your painted siding doesn’t seem to hold onto the paint well anymore, it’s a sign it’s time to replace it.
Water or moisture damage – Rotting, mold, fungus growth, and anything else that points to water damage is a surefire sign you need all new siding. Warping or swelling may also occur in some materials. Moisture damage will show itself in the form of rust on steel siding.
- Interior wall damage – Even if your siding looks great outside, if you see moisture damage or mold growth inside your walls, it could very well point to siding issues. This is often the sign of a very serious problem and warrants immediate action.
- High energy bills – Unseen gaps or holes in siding, as well as weakened or old insulation, will show themselves in the form of high electric bills every month. Save yourself some money and create a more controlled climate in your home. Get worn siding replaced and have additional insulation added if needed.
Consulting a professional is a safe bet in determining whether you need a repair or a complete replacement. They can do an inspection on your home and help you to determine if a repair is in order or if you need to consider a full replacement of your current siding.
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Selecting replacement siding
Think twice before residing your home in the same material.
If your old siding failed, then trying a more durable material could be the smartest decision. Also, consider whether you’d like a lower maintenance siding. For example, if you loved your previous wood siding but found it difficult to keep up on the restaining and sealing, opt for a superior alternative like modified wood siding. You can even reclad classic log veneer cabins in steel log siding.
Homeowners who plan to eventually sell should also take what is popular in the neighborhood into consideration, including new construction. Many new homes are being clad in fiber cement siding, which makes it a great choice for boosting your home’s value.
Seasonal effects on siding replacement
Though siding can be replaced any time of the year, a particularly ideal time is in the fall.
The autumn season tends to have fairly stable temperatures, free of the heat spikes of summer and the bitter cold of winter night drops. Also, replacing your siding in fall ensures optimum insulative value and immediate reward for the homeowner. In some cases, homeowners in regions that get snow may not even have the option of full replacement in winter. So, be sure to plan ahead.
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Cost of replacing siding
One more factor to consider when you’re looking at the siding of your home is the replacement cost. The cost is going to vary depending on factors like what type of siding you choose, what extras you need included such as removal of old siding, and also what the size of your home is. For a home that is a little over 2,000-square-feet, you can expect to pay nearly $7,000 for your vinyl siding to be installed. Some companies include extras such as fascias and trim. Others will charge more for it, and that could tack on another $1,000 or more.
If it’s time to replace your siding, it is important to contact a professional to help you make sure the job is done properly. They can guide you into making an informed decision on exactly what you need and the right style for your home — and provide a warranty.
Matt Lee is the outreach coordinator for Allura. He is a content marketing specialist serving building material manufacturers. His focus is on sustainable architecture and eco-friendly building materials.
*Refinancing could make a significant difference in the amount you pay each month. But there are other costs you should consider. Plus, your finance charges may be higher over the life of the loan.
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