It can be tough to know when it’s time to replace the siding on your home, but you can check for 4 major signs it’s time for new home siding replacement. These signs can help you determine:
- What type of siding do you need
- How much siding needs to be replaced
- When you should get your exterior home siding replaced (i.e. ASAP, in a few months, or later)
Today, let’s break down these major signs so you can get your siding replaced and protect your home (and its curb appeal).
The Siding is Damaged
Firstly, take a walk around your home and investigate the siding for any outward signs of damage. Damaged siding will look chipped, scratched, or otherwise broken down by gradual wear and tear. Depending on the material your siding is made from, it might have sustained damage from inclement weather, such as hail or snowstorms, or from issues like termite damage.
Regardless, damaged siding usually gets worse rather than becomes better by itself. If you leave damaged siding unchecked, it could spread to other siding boards or panels around your home. That’ll just increase your exterior home remodeling or siding replacement bill, so it’s best to replace damaged siding ASAP.
Dry Rot Affects Your Exterior Siding
If you have wood siding, you should also check for signs of dry rot, which can affect not just the siding of your home but the inside as well. If your house’s siding is affected by dry rot, it might look like it is crumbling and individual planks may look like they are about to fall out or disintegrate.
Dry rot usually begins beneath your siding surface and progresses to the surface of each panel or board. But keep in mind that some dry rot can leave the top surface of siding panels intact. Take a screwdriver and investigate beneath siding panels to check for the fungus before it spreads too far.
There Are Blisters or Bubbles on Your Home Siding
Of course, you should also check your house’s siding for any bubbles or blisters. If there are bubbles underneath the surface of siding panels, it could indicate that water was or may even still be trapped underneath the uppermost paint layer.
This completely negates the purpose of your house siding, which is meant to keep water away from the interior wall materials. In doing so, siding stops mold from forming and can prevent internal rotting to a great degree.
Blisters could appear as popped bubbles and may indicate leaks within your siding panels. In both cases, you may need to replace the siding panels in the local area around the blisters or bubbles to take care of the issue.
Your Home Siding Color is Fading
Lastly, see if the color is fading on some of your siding panels relative to others. While vinyl siding has improved greatly over time, the color almost always fades over several years. Some materials, like vinyl, may have their color fade more rapidly than others, like fiber cement siding.
Fading color is bad for several reasons. It decreases your house’s aesthetic appeal, market value, and is just plain awful to look at. Fortunately, if your cedar or fiber cement siding is only affected by color fading, you may not need to replace the panels completely; instead, they may just need a new paint job! Some siding materials like aluminum or vinyl should not be painted.
Contact HX Home Solutions For Exterior Home Siding Replacement
Whether you see one or all of the above signs, HX Home Solutions can help you paint or replace the siding of your home in no time. As siding replacement experts, whether it be James Hardie fiber cement, vinyl, or masonry like our in-house made North Star custom stone veneer, we’re well equipped and ready to help you replace the siding of your house or commercial building or spruce it up depending on your needs. Contact us today and let us help you with your new home siding replacement!