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Homeowners take note: it is time for siding replacement when the following signs of deterioration become apparent.
Signs of Indoor Moisture
Moisture that has seeped into the underlying wood can spread into the house. Once you notice the signs of moisture indoors, you may have a siding problem. Look out for peeling paint or signs of mold on the walls. If you notice any of these signs, check your siding around those areas. You may have to arrange with siding contractors to replace your siding to stop the spread of moisture damage. Consult with a reliable siding company who can inspect your siding and advise the best way forward.
Signs of Rotting
Vinyl siding in itself does not rot, however if your siding has wood underneath the vinyl, this can begin to rot. If water gets in underneath the vinyl, it can cause fungus to grow and the wood can be affected by dry rot, which in turn affects the outer siding layer.
Once the rot has manifested itself in the siding it is quite easy to spot through either cracks in the siding or when it peels off easily. If the rot is not immediately noticeable, probe the areas around the gutters, which are prone to clogging.
Signs of Loose or Cracked Siding
This can be an indication of aging siding. Over time siding can dent or crack when it is struck by objects such as hail, baseballs or stones thrown by the lawnmower. Heat and the passage of time can cause gradual damage to your siding.
Signs of Warping or Buckling
Vinyl siding will expand and contract due to temperature changes and house settling. Typically, this is taken into account during the siding installation process by allowing space for natural movement. An incorrect siding installation that was carried out too tight or even a grill too close to the house can cause warping and buckling.
Signs of Siding Holes
Unfortunately, these are most often caused by insects or small animals that turn to your home’s walls to find food or shelter. Carpenter ants, carpenter bees, beetles and numerous types of termites are among the insects that can cause damage to your siding and walls.
Rodents like mice, rats and squirrels are also creatures that can cause harm to structures, as they are known to chew through just about anything. Birds and other critters can cause damage to gutters, which can result in siding issues.
An Increase in Utility Costs
This is never good news! Particularly if you are energy conscious. If you have already invested in increased insulation, weatherstrips for doors and windows, adjusted the thermostat and have sealed all visible cracks, you should be saving energy. If you notice an increase in your energy costs and can spot some of the siding damages as mentioned previously, then it’s probably time to call on professional siding installers, like Real Exteriors, to replace your siding.