The amount of maintenance you put into your home’s exterior can have an impact on its appearance. Thus, when your siding starts looking worse for wear, you need to have it replaced as soon as possible. Delaying it further, after all, can cause issues that can be too costly to fix.
Trusted roofing contractor Pechacek’s General Contracting, Roofing & Siding LLC shares the signs indicating a siding replacement is due.
1. Mold and Mildew
The presence of mold and mildew at or near the siding seams only means that water is penetrating through the material and into the exterior walls. If not inspected thoroughly, these organisms can start spreading indoors, causing respiratory issues to everyone in your household.
2. Damaged Siding
The need to either repair or replace your siding depends on the extent and severity of the damage. A single loose panel can be reattached without making changes to the rest. However, a siding replacement is necessary if large sections of the exterior show signs of cracking, or if large numbers of siding pieces are loose.
3. Frequent Repainting
A high-quality siding material should be able to keep its color for at least eight years before repainting it. However, if you notice signs of chipping, cracking or peeling on the painted surface earlier than scheduled, then there must be something wrong with your siding and must be replaced right away.
4. Dry Rot
Use a screwdriver or any relatively sharp object and check warped sections of the siding to find out how solid the layer underneath the material is. If you feel something soft while poking around, it means that your siding has a dry rot problem. At this point, it can no longer protect against the elements and must be replaced immediately.
5. High Energy Bills
If your energy bills remain higher even after installing double-glazed windows or adding more insulation inside your attic, your siding likely has an issue. Consider investing in insulated siding to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Turn to Pechacek’s General Contracting, Roofing & Siding LLC for your siding replacement! We’ll help you choose the siding product that fits your lifestyle and budget, then provide professional installation. Count on us for your other exterior home improvement needs as well, including roof repair and gutter installation. Call (715) 425-9801 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve homeowners in River Falls and Hudson, WI.