Many factors can lead to the need for siding repair. Hail storms can cause warping and denting. Flying debris from trees and other objects can penetrate the toughest siding. This type of damage can leave your home vulnerable to water intrusion, mold and other airborne threats.
Knowing when it’s time to replace your siding isn’t easy as damage and wear aren’t often obvious. The best way is to get an informed opinion and recommendation from a siding company. This is especially true if you aren’t sure when your siding was first installed. Still, there are some telltale signs that indicate that you need repair or total replacement.
Warping or Rotting
Depending on the type of siding, extensive damage may appear in the form of warping or rotting. Warping will be the most obvious sign on vinyl or aluminum siding. The best way to spot warped siding is to view the home from afar during broad daylight. Sections of siding that appear “wavy” or “bumpy” are likely warped and need replacing.
Rotting is a serious problem that affects wood siding. If left untreated, it can spread to a home’s framing.
Cracks and Chipping
Damage can also be visible in the form of cracked or chipped siding. This is most common in fiber cement siding. Fiber cement is one of the most durable siding materials available. Still, it does not have the flexibility of vinyl or aluminum. Thus, over a long time, it tends to crack under pressure, allowing moisture and debris into your home.
Evidence of Mold or Mildew
Mold or mildew is a sign that you need total siding replacement or extensive repair. Generally, it will be very visible as splotches or dark spots on the siding. There are a lot of benefits of replacing old or damaged siding. Among them are the following.
- Improved energy efficiency: New siding is much more energy-efficient than old and damaged ones. It’s a great way to lower energy costs. Energy efficiency is an important factor for many of today’s new home buyers.
- Boost in curb appeal: No one can deny the importance of curb appeal when it comes to selling a home. A house with a pleasant exterior appearance will always attract buyers. One of the best ways to do an exterior makeover is to replace the siding. With the right color, style and type of siding, it’s possible to refresh the entire look of a home. And with increased curb appeal, more prospective buyers will likely consider the home.
If you are in need of siding repair or replacement in Minneapolis, Krech Exteriors has you covered! Give us a call at (651) 968-8888 for a free in-home consultation.