Is it time to replace or update your siding? Siding, like many elements of the exterior of your home or business, can be such a ubiquitous part of the building that it’s hard to actually identify when it needs to be changed. But when you know what signs to look for, it may be easier than you think. Here are a few of these important indicators that it’s time to give your siding new attention.
1. Technology Has Improved
If your siding is old, the chances are that you aren’t benefiting from modern building technology. While improvements in siding technology may not be as obvious as other home features, they make your home easier and more beautiful.
Many older homes still use wood or aluminum, for instance, even though both of these siding options can be hard to maintain and subject to damage. Modern vinyl siding, on the other hand, is easy to keep up and less prone to rotting, scratching, or denting than other materials. Even if you want to keep your current style of siding — such as aluminum — technology has likely improved its function as well.
2. It’s Approaching Its Life Span
Every building material has an inherent life span. Siding’s built-in lifespan varies depending on the type of materials used. Vinyl tends to have the longest life, perhaps lasting half a century. However, wood, fiberglass, or stone veneers can last as little as 15 to 25 years. If your siding is aging, it’s a good idea to get ahead of its failure before that damages the home — even if problems aren’t widespread yet.
3. You Have High Energy Bills
All parts of your home or business building’s exterior contribute to its energy efficiency. While many owners focus on obvious weak points like windows and doors, their siding may have an equally large impact on high energy bills. So if you have good windows and doors, the siding may be your big culprit.
Vinyl siding offers some of the best energy protection and insulation, reducing energy loss the most. Composites and stucco can also offer a solid seal for the home. Wood, on the other hand, may allow significant leaks and drafts.
4. There’s Widespread Damage
Over time, the siding of any building takes a beating from weather, debris, sunlight, and moisture. And even the most durable materials will eventually succumb on some level. Isolated damage or maintenance issues may be something you can repair on a case-by-case basis. But as damage becomes more pervasive and you spend more time on maintenance, a more permanent fix may be necessary.
Signs of overall damage include warping, swelling, or rot — especially in wood siding — as well as gaps and cracking in or around the siding. If these maintenance issues are widespread or recurring, they may indicate that damage is happening underneath and possibly affecting your home’s structure.
5. Issues Form on the Inside
Some signs of siding failure happen in more unexpected places. Moisture, warping, swelling, or rot inside the building may indicate a problem on the outside. Moisture must come from somewhere, and that somewhere may be the exterior of the structure. If the siding isn’t sealing up the house well, it can allow dangerous and expensive problems to develop inside.
Does your property show any of these indicators? Whether it’s an aging exterior, high maintenance, or the reliance on old technology, replacing your siding could be the right choice now.
Learn more about siding damage, life spans, and upgrades by meeting with the exterior pros at Archer’s Exteriors today. We will help you assess your signs and make the choice that fits your budget and protects your home. Call today for an appointment.