Caring for your home can feel like a full-time job and its exterior siding is usually not a huge priority. The best way to limit major projects is through regular maintenance. Siding—the layer on the exterior walls of your house—comes in a range of materials and usually lasts 20-40 years. However, in old age, it can develop cracks or leaks that lead to high energy costs and a variety of other complications. Look out for the following signs that you need to contact a home improvement company below.
When Is It Time to Get New Siding?
1. When The Energy Bill Starts Creeping Upwards
Have you noticed an increase in your electricity bill? Your HVAC might be working overtime to combat heat loss or gain to or from the outside. If neither your attic nor your roof is the source of the leak, it’s probably your siding. Nowadays, products like vinyl siding are insulated and built to fight the elements, keeping your rooms at a comfortable temperature for less.
2. Dry Rot
Dry rot is caused by a ruinous fungus that creeps beneath the surface of your wood siding and eats away at it. If you suspect your home is suffering from dry rot, use the screwdriver method: push a screwdriver into the wood; if it goes through or the wood flakes easily, you have dry rot. Discoloration is another possible sign of a problem.
3. Holes In The Home
When it comes to siding, holes are bad news. They’re most likely a sign of insects, such as termites ,and can affect the structural soundness of your home. However, keeping mulch or woody shrubs away from your exterior walls will lessen your chances of an infestation.
4. Faded Paint
Unless your siding has lost its waterproofing, it should hold paint for up to ten years. If it’s only lasting 5-6 years, it’s time for a replacement.
5. Selling Your Home
In order to sell your home, you want to make it as attractive and functional as possible. When you update your siding to the best and most affordable option, you’ll increase property value and attract buyers with a tidy new look.
6. Get A Free Siding Estimate
Contact Armor Xteriors today for a free-in home, hassle free estimate by either clicking here or giving us a call at (423) 760-3333.