No siding is designed to last forever. At some point, your siding will need to be replaced or repaired. Damaged siding can lead to a variety of problems for your home or business. Minor damage can decrease your home’s energy efficiency by allowing warm or cold air out. Larger damage can allow pests easy access to your home, and damage that isn’t repaired can lead to flooding, mold, and mildew. Here are a few signs that it is time to replace the siding in your home.
Warping & Rotting Siding
One of the earliest and most obvious signs that your siding is deteriorating is that it is warped or rotting. Visible signs of decay on wood, vinyl, or fiber cement siding is a good reason to consider hiring an exterior contractor to replace the siding. Additionally, if your siding is cracked or loose, this is also an indicator that it needs to be replaced. It is recommended that you poke under the siding to determine how solid the layer of siding is under the exterior. If it is soft and beginning to rot, this is a sign you need work done immediately on your siding.
Mold or Fungus on Your Siding
If you notice mold or fungus on your siding, this could indicate that water is pooling up between your siding and home. Mold and fungus growth, especially near the seams of your siding is an indicator that there is standing water near your siding. This may also mean that there is more mold growth inside your siding and even inside the walls of your home.
Although the color of your siding may seem completely based on aesthetics and not connected to your siding’s function at all, that isn’t always the case. Many siding manufacturers design the coloring of the siding to mimic the durability rating of the siding. Many siding materials fade at the same rate that they are predicted to deteriorate, so it acts as a visual indicator that it might be time to replace your siding.
Increases In Your Utility Bill
Aside from looking at your siding for signs of determination, you might notice that your siding damage in a different way. If you notice that your heating bill in the winter is much higher than it was in previous winters or that your electric bill is increasing in the summer compared to previous years, this could be a sign that your siding is damaged and allowing cool or warm air to escape.
Contact Novus Exteriors for Help With Your Siding
If you need new or improved siding for your home, contact Novus Exteriors for siding support. We provide repairs and replacement siding and work on all types of homes and offices. We work with fiber cement, wood, and vinyl siding options and would be happy to provide a free quote for our services.