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Is It Time To Replace Your Siding?
Your home protects you from the harsh elements of nature. Over time, your home’s exterior takes a real beating – especially if you have siding. Here’s how to determine if it may be time to replace your siding.
Signs of siding problems.
Chances are you can tell when your siding doesn’t look as good as it once did. But even before it reaches that faded, worn state there can be problems lurking underneath, invisible to the casual observer. Here are a few signs your siding might be failing:
• Look inside your home: Do interior walls show signs of water damage? Do you see warped spots? Compromised siding can let moisture in, and cause paint to peel or wallpaper to become loose.
• Check your siding carefully for mold growth. This is a clear indication that something is wrong. Take action immediately, since mold growth can cause serious health issues.
• Do you hear noises during high winds? It could be your siding! Loose boards are the primary concern in this case.
• Visually inspect your siding for dry rot, which is caused by fungi that grow under the siding’s surface. Since the top layer of your siding is the last layer to be affected, you can have substantial dry rot hiding below the surface.
• Look for small holes, which may have been caused by insects.
• Check for bubbles, which are signs that water is collecting behind your siding.
Tips for maintaining your siding.
If you’ve done a casual inspection and found that nothing seems to be amiss, that’s great! Here are a few tips for keeping your siding in tip-top shape:
• If any vinyl siding is loose, fix it immediately. By allowing it to flap in the wind, you are inviting problems that will arise from bent siding.
• Power wash your vinyl siding from time to time. In lieu of power washing, at least run a broom along the siding to remove bugs.
• If you have wood siding, check periodically for cracks. Moisture can get in, and so can pests.
• Check your gutters and make sure water is drained away properly.
• Stucco siding is vulnerable because it’s porous, so pay special attention when checking for mold.
Find a qualified siding contractor.
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