When Should I Replace My Home’s Wood Siding?

 

How do you know when to make the call on replacing your home’s siding? If you’ve been noticing problems with your home’s siding recently, it might be time to start thinking about replacement options. Surprisingly, there are also clues you can find on the inside of your home that suggest your siding might need to be replaced. Together, these pieces of evidence can make for a compelling argument that it’s time to say goodbye to your old siding. Learn more about the signs you should replace your home’s siding in our blog.

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Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Siding

 

Visible Siding Damage

 

If you find cracked, broken, or loose sections of siding, it could be a sign the siding is reaching the end of its years. Damages to siding can allow moisture to get in to the wall and possibly cause water damage.

 

The Paint Jobs Don’t Last

 

Good wood siding will allow for a paint job to last for up to 10 years. If you find the paint is peeling and needs to be done every 5 years or so, this is a sign that wood siding is reaching the end of its useful life.

 

Moss and Mildew Growth

 

If moss, mildew, or fungus is growing on your siding, it could moisture has gotten under the siding and is being held inside it against the wall, where it’s allowing organic material to take hold and grow. This may be a sign that siding can no longer resist the influx of moisture, which will damage the wall beneath the siding. However, it’s important to note that this could also be because that part of the house is not on the north side and doesn’t get enough sun to dry off.

 

Dry Rot

 

Dry rot is harder to detect because it starts on the inside of the siding and slowly rots away at everything underneath the top layer. Tap of the surface of the siding with the handle of a screwdriver. If it gives easily, then you know dry rot is present. Dry rotted siding must be replaced.

 

Peeling Wallpaper or Interior Paint

 

If the wallpaper or paint on an interior wall that borders the exterior of your home is peeling, it could be because moisture has seeped underneath the siding and caused water damage to the wallboard.

 

Higher Heating and Cooling Bills

 

If you’ve noticed that your heating and cooling bills have increased, it could be because the siding and exterior wall insulation are not performing as they should be, and are allowing conditioned air to escape. The combination of air leaks, poor insulation, and old siding can easily cause heating and cooling bills to increase.

 

Why Should You Replace With Vinyl Siding?

 

If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s siding, consider vinyl! Vinyl siding has lots of good qualities that make it ideal for replacing your old siding.

 

It’s Environmentally Friendly

 

Vinyl siding is actually a very environmentally friendly material. Learn more in our blog!

 

It’s Durable

 

Vinyl siding is very good at resisting the elements. In a state like Maryland, which sees extremes in all seasons, this is a big asset. Vinyl will never rot, crack, or suffer damage from insects.

 

You Have Tons of Options

 

The Vinyl Siding Institute has certified more than 350 colors for color retention. You can get many different styles, textures, and trim, and even mimic the look of other types of cladding like wood or stone.

 

It’s the Most Popular Siding Material Today

 

One in three new homes is built with vinyl siding, which is more than any other siding material.

 

To learn more about replacing your home’s siding, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing and repairing siding in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. To learn more, contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our websitefor more information.

 

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