Did you know that installing new home siding is in the top eight of high-return investment projects you can do for your house? The most popular options are vinyl and fiber-cement—both of which are durable and a great aesthetic choice.
So, if you’re on the fence about a replacement, don’t be. Not only is new siding visually appealing and more energy-efficient, but it can offer you an ROI if and when you ever choose to sell.
This is especially true if your siding is showing signs of being outdated or damaged. Perhaps you’ve just undergone a hail storm or your home is simply old. Regardless of the reasons, the benefits of replacement far outweigh the costs.
So how do you know if it’s time? What are the warning signs that you need to hire a reputable company to install new siding?
Check out this list for all the information you need!
Signs of Mold, Mildew, or Rot
Do you notice any signs of decay, such as rotten panels or mildew inside the home?
These are all obvious warning signs of a siding issue. If you live in an area where it rains often, or you’ve got other issues (such as gutter problems), your siding is sure to be negatively affected.
Gaps in your siding—especially during the wintertime—are a favorite place for pests to hang out. If you’ve noticed an unusual amount of insects recently, your siding could be the culprit.
Look for visible gaps between the trim and the siding. Also, inspect the place where the siding joins the foundation. These are all prime locations for insect infestations.
Higher Energy Bills
If you’ve noticed higher energy bills recently, it could be a sign of bad siding. Once you’ve eliminated the possibility that it could be a roof or attic problem, check out the exterior of your home.
Bad siding results in loss of insulation. This makes your heating and cooling system work overtime to keep your house hot or cold, resulting in those high energy bills you’re seeing.
Cracked or Loose Home Siding
These signs, much like the mold and mildew, appear to be quite obvious.
But don’t limit your inspection to an eye-level check. Be sure to check all angles of the exterior, from top to bottom and side to side. Some cracked or loose siding might get overlooked if you’re not tenacious.
Holes or Blisters
Storm damage—such as a wind or hail storm, hurricane, or tornado—can ruin your home’s siding. If your area has recently undergone any of these weather fiascos, be sure to give the outside of your home a check.
Do you notice any holes? This could be a result of hail damage. Any blistering in your siding (where it rises or bubbles up) could be from water damage.
These are all surefire signs that your siding needs to get updated. And while you’re checking that out, be sure to look at your gutters, windows, roof, and the rest of the exterior.
These Signs Mean It’s Time
If you notice any of the above, then don’t wait a moment longer. Damaged or old home siding can lead to a slew of other problems with your house, so the sooner you fix them, the better.
That’s where Crown Remodeling comes in.
We work directly with insurance companies on behalf of you. Contact us today for a hassle-free project. We can repair hail and wind damage, plus more!