Famous for its durability, beauty, and ability to adequately protect the exterior of a house, siding is the top exterior material of many homeowners today. Siding defends your home from the harsh elements of the outdoors, keeping your indoors safe and comfortable year-round.
However, the same factors that make home exterior siding so vital to a home's protection also undermine its performance over time. Often, long-term exposure to bitter cold, hot sun, high winds, and precipitation eventually wreak havoc on exterior siding. While this material degradation may take decades to occur in properly maintained siding, instances can arise that simple repairs or painting won't resolve.
As a homeowner, you must recognize when your home's siding needs to be replaced. If you notice any of the following issues with your siding, you may need to consider repair and maintenance to avoid total replacement.
Siding is supposed to protect your home from the harsh elements of the weather outside. When siding becomes compromised, water and moisture can create rot. If your siding has begun to rot and crumble, it can not perform its vital role of protection for your home. In some cases of localized rot, repairs may keep the decay from spreading. However, if the siding has corruption spread across large areas, replacing it with non-rot siding material may be time.
Holes and cracks are not only unsightly but are also cause for concern when it comes to the health of your home's siding. Structural integrity may be compromised when siding has cracks, holes, and gaps where insects infiltrate and water seeps into the exterior spaces. It would be best if you repaired these damaged areas as soon as possible to prevent further problems down the road.
Hard To See Hazards
We recommend that homeowners inspect their home's siding annually as many hidden hazards can eventually become significant problems. When examining your house's siding, look at it from several different angles to determine if any siding is bulging or warped. Panels that are no longer lying flat may be the tip of the iceberg, signaling more extensive issues are threatening the structure.
If you feel like you need a pair of expert eyes when it comes to assessing your home's exterior siding, call a professional contractor who can diagnose, advise, and repair or replace any siding that is compromised.
Your home's structural integrity depends on the health of its siding. Making repairs or replacing compromised or outdated siding will ensure your home is protected for years to come.