If you are like most Aurora homeowners, unless you are experiencing a major issue with your home’s siding, replacing it is probably not at the top of your to-do list. But, maybe it should be – when your home’s siding wears out, breaks or cracks, it will eventually begin to leak, causing problems that lead to potentially expensive repairs.
It can be difficult to tell if your siding needs replacing just by appearances. Luckily, there are signs that homeowners can look for which can indicate that your home’s siding requires attention before any catastrophic damage occurs.
Dry rot starts behind the siding surface can eat away the main body of the siding, essentially leaving only the top layer intact. While your siding may look fine, there could be an issue underneath. Tapping on the siding with a screwdriver handle and listening for a hollow sound will reveal any underlying issues.
Exterior Needs Frequent Painting
Your home’s siding should retain its color and shape for at least 8-10 years, if not longer. If yours is cracking, peeling or chipping, it’s a sign there is a fundamental underlying problem.
Rotting, Warping, Cracking
Perform a thorough visual inspection of your home’s siding, checking under any warped areas to look for damage. Soft or rotting areas are cause for concern. .Likewise, if your siding is loose or shows signs of cracking, those pieces need to be replaced to prevent water damage underneath.
Interior Paint Peeling or Wallpaper is Loose
Compromised siding on the exterior of your home can allow moisture into your home, causing damage to your interior walls.
The majority of holes in siding are caused by insects. Even the smallest holes can be a cause for concern, as they allow moisture to get in, and the insect activity can be compromising the foundation underneath.
High Energy Bills
Low grade wall insulation combined with poorly performing siding can be the root of excess heating and cooling costs, due to warm or cool air escaping through the siding.
Mold or Mildew
Any type of growth from mold, mildew or fungus, especially at siding seams, can indicate that water is seeping into the structure beneath.
Bubbles under the surface of your siding is a sure sign that water has become trapped underneath, and the siding needs to be replaced.
Paying careful attention to your home’s exterior, and keeping alert to possible signs of siding failure can save you serious headaches in the future. Having any siding problems repaired or replaced by a professional contractor like STA Enterprises, Inc. before they compromise your home’s structural integrity will protect your investment for years to come.