So you have just purchased your very first house and now you are left with the care and maintenance to keep up with by yourself. Some of this you could have prepared for, but there are some things that would never know unless you owned a home. For instance, what about siding? What sort of siding does your house have? Is it safe to remove or is there asbestos underneath? Will it last for 5 more years or should you start saving up for replacement siding panels? There are so many questions like this that are tough to answer. Let’s tackle the siding replacement one for now by covering 6 ways to tell that you need to replace your siding.
- Bubbles. One very clear telltale sign that your siding is done for is the formation of bubbles under the surface. These are a sign that water has been trapped within the siding and has been sitting and pushing out the lining. We all know that collection of water anywhere can be bad news because it can quickly bring rot, mold, pests, and degeneration of materials. Siding is meant to keep moisture away from the bones of the house, so water within the siding means that it is no longer doing its job.
- Frequent paint touch ups. Replacement siding is probably in your near future if you have noticed that your current siding isn’t holding the paint due to peeling, splitting, chipping, of breaking. Siding should keep its full color without many touch ups needed for at least 8 years and maybe closer to 10. If you have noticed that you are needing to paint your house every few years due to all the chipping then you need to replace the siding to fix the problem.
- Losing heat and cool air. Regardless of the season, if you feel like you are pumping in the temperature that you want constantly and nothing is being held in, you might need some new siding. A lot of other factors can contribute to this problem, however, like old windows and doors. You can address the issue very easily if you just decide to replace all old doors, windows, and siding at once. Siding is naturally supposed to keep in warmth in the winter and cool in the summer. If you are noticing very high heating and cooling costs, it may be due to loose siding or old and degraded insulation.
- Faded color. Many companies make their siding products hold color for as long as the rest of its assets are supposed to last. For instance, if the inner waterproof lining is expected to last for 10 years, the vibrancy of the color will also last about 10 years. This is a natural indicator to the homeowner that the siding might need to be replaced. This is a different indicator than the peeling paint, which is a sign of damaged siding. The faded color is just a sign that the siding itself is getting old and some of the protective features may be expiring.