Your home’s siding is one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior, offering a number of benefits for your home’s exterior. It’s most important role is to keep your home protected from the elements and pests, but it also provides your home with curb appeal & resale value, as well as insulation from the elements. Considering how many benefits your home’s siding provides, it is essential to keep the siding in good repair! It can sometimes be difficult to spot the signs that your siding is failing before the damage beneath the siding has become significant. If you’re interested in learning more about how to the signs that your home’s vinyl siding needs to be replaced, take a look at our blog for more information!
Mold & Mildew Damage
The first sign that your siding needs to be replaced is when there is visible moisture damage. This damage can reveal itself in a variety of ways, including through discoloration on the siding itself, as well as bubbles in the siding. The signs of mold damage are wide-ranging, but they are all related to excess moisture. If you’ve had a particularly rainy season or few weeks, take a look around the exterior of your home to assess whether or not any areas of your home have been exposed to water damage, and subsequently mildew & mold.
While vinyl siding is generally quite durable, it is not without its limitations, and heat is one of vinyl sidings’ worst enemies. Whether it’s sunlight reflected off of your next-door neighbor’s windows, or perhaps the grill is a bit too close to the home, your vinyl siding can melt when exposed to prolonged heat. If you notice that your vinyl siding is particularly warped in places, you will need to have it repaired and replaced, as melted vinyl siding won’t keep your home’s exterior well-protected.
This sign is one of the more difficult ones to spot. Insects can find their way in through the most minuscule holes, or even create the holes themselves, and they can wreak havoc inside your home’s walls. Check around the creases in your siding for signs of boreholes, indicating that bugs have infiltrated your home’s siding. While this may not be a cause for major concern, if it’s the wrong kind of infestation, such as termites, they can cause tremendous amounts of damage to your home. If you see signs of insect infestation in your siding, call a professional to have them assess the damage and provide you with the next course of action.
Bubbling or Warping
While we mentioned mildew & mold above, the next step beyond those is having warped or bubbling siding, which indicates that water has found its way into the siding. While mold damage is one thing, moisture within your walls can be immensely damaging, and needs to be addressed immediately to prevent further damage from occurring. If you find bubbling or warping on your home’s siding, have it replaced and assessed by a professional as soon as possible.
Contact Us Today
If you’re looking to replace your home’s old siding this spring, our crew at Erdmann Exteriors is ready to help with your siding installation needs! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (847) 916-0308 or by filling out our team’s online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs!
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