Although a new bathroom or kitchen might be at the top of your home improvement wish list, it’s important not to neglect your home’s exterior.
Siding has a huge positive impact on your home’s curb appeal. But, exterior siding also protects your home from pests, water damage, and more. Luckily, even if your siding has seen better days, a siding replacement offers a return on investment of more than 96 percent.
But how do you know if you need to replace your siding? Keep reading to learn some key signs.
1. Cracks, Gaps, and Rotting
Cracks, gaps, and rotting exterior siding panels are some of the main indicators that you need to book a visit for siding replacement.
These cracks and gaps allow moisture into the walls, which can then lead to structural damage inside your home. Likewise, exterior wood siding and other materials more prone to rotting tend to buckle and warp over time, creating gaps and cracks where moisture can enter.
Cracks, gaps, and rotting are also an open invitation for pests, including termites and rodents. This is another reason why it’s important to check your siding regularly, as initial damage can soon give way to bigger problems.
2. Moisture Damage
Visible moisture damage such as discoloration, peeling paint, mold, and mildew both inside and outside your home are sure signs that your siding is failing in some way. Unfortunately, all exterior siding options are vulnerable to moisture damage so this is something you’ll have to be vigilant about regardless of your chosen material.
What’s more, since moisture damage can have a serious negative effect on your health as well as on your home, it’s vital to deal with the issue straight away.
Although fading is a common problem for vinyl siding, exterior plywood siding and other materials can also fade over time. In most cases, the color should hold true for the manufacturer’s period rating, but any siding that gets a lot of direct sunlight is especially vulnerable.
But fading isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Faded siding shows that its weatherproofing function is no longer as effective as it should be, meaning that a replacement is a must if you want to avoid more damage in the future.
4. Pest Damage
This is one of the most difficult signs to spot, not least because insects can find a way into your home through even the tiniest holes in your exterior shiplap siding. Although, the damage you can expect from certain pests will be anything but small.
While you’re checking your siding for more obvious signs of damage, make sure to look in the creases for any signs of nests, boreholes, or anything else that could suggest that pests have infiltrated the siding.
The seriousness of the infestation often depends on the type of pest involved. A termite infestation, for example, can result in no end of damage to both your home’s exterior and interior.
Knowing When to Replace Your Exterior Siding
As resilient and durable as exterior siding is, it won’t last forever. It’s important to keep a constant eye out for any signs that you might need a siding replacement sooner rather than later. After all, cracks, rotting, moisture damage, and signs of potential infestations aren’t the kinds of issues you can put off for too long.
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