For many homeowners, siding is rarely a priority item when it comes to home maintenance. Only a handful even inspect the siding thoroughly when they are buying their home. Siding is one of those things we don’t pay attention to, and also, when we do, we assume it is going to last forever. However, when one considers all the harsh conditions it has to deal with, you start to appreciate the critical role it plays in protecting your home and giving it that appealing look. If forms that fist protective layer that is water-resistant and protects the house from the elements. Therefore, it might be a good time to start giving siding the attention it deserves. Even when you do not see any apparent damage after a storm or other adverse weather events, it might still be a good idea to schedule a repair or inspection of the siding, especially if it has lasted for over ten years. It is important to replace your siding before it is completely damaged, as this can result in more costly damage to your house. Whether you want to sell the house or just improve its outward luster, a new siding can be a breath of fresh air for your house. Understandably, many people do not want the inconvenience of calling their siding contractor if they are unsure that such work is necessary. To help with that, here are five signs that you should probably make that call to your siding contractor.
Presence of mold, mildew and dry rot
When you start seeing mold, mildew, and fungus growing on the sides of your walls, it is not automatically a sign to be alarmed, but it certainly calls for action. Sometimes all that is needed is to clean the mold, and this might prevent any further damage to the siding. However, excessive and repeated growth is usually an indication that there is moisture behind your siding. You might need to act faster if your siding is made of wood and does not contain any advanced method of protection against moisture. Dampness and growth of mold will unfortunately slowly eat away at your siding, and over time, you will begin to see it decay and start to crumble.
Furthermore, any visible damage on your siding should be the cue that you need to call a siding contractor. Take a minute to walk around and investigate the state of your siding. You can use a screwdriver to poke it, and if your notice that the underside is soft, this might be evidence of damage from moisture and extreme temperature changes. Also, if you see large cracks in seams and other areas of our wall, you should call our contractor for a further professional inspection of the issue.
Dry rot can be hard to detect at first glance, but once you poke the siding with a hard tool, you will notice it fall off. Dry rot can damage your wall from within while the outer part remains intact. Tapping the exterior will usually reveal the weak spots which have undergone extensive damage for the rot. Holes in your siding are some of the adverse signs of moisture and mold damage. This can sometimes be caused by insects and other small animals making this moist, warm part of their home. Such holes create space for even more moisture to seep into the wall and cause damage to the interior parts of the house. The presence of insects such as ants, wasps, and termites does not make for a pretty picture and would certainly affect the value of your house.
Presence of bubbling cracks and warping
Siding is designed to last long. However, it can only withstand so much damage before it gives in. You will notice this effect more if you live in an area with adverse weather conditions. Constant pounding from hailstones will cause it to lose its shape and deform. Extreme temperature changes or prolonged exposure to sunshine will make the siding, warp, crack and start forming bubbles. Bubbles and warping are a sign of both repeated expansion and contraction, and accumulation of moisture beneath the surface that is slowly damaging it. Another way in which adverse weather conditions affect siding is when the seams where the siding meet start to separate. This can affect almost all types of siding, including vinyl siding. However, it is usually more pronounced in wooden sidings, usually as a result of wood drying up and shrinking. This repeated expansion and contraction essentially cause the siding to start separating from the wall. Water then starts accumulating in the space behind these bubbles, and they will become permanent when the water dries up. The presence of bubbles is also an indicator that the siding can no longer do its job of protecting the house against moisture. The increased moisture will also result in rusted nails, rotting wood, among other damages that will need expensive repairs.
Fading and discoloration
Siding is designed to maintain its vibrancy and appeal for years, even in the face of extreme conditions. However, as we have already seen, this does not last forever, and one of the sure signs that you need to repair your siding is when you notice that it is faded. This can sometimes be hard to see as it happens gradually and over a long time. To adequately measure this, take a minute and examine your house from a distance and try to compare the current image from how it was years ago. If it looks faded, then it means the siding has held on for years and is now overdue for a repair and possibly a full reinstallation.
Discoloration, on the other hand, does not happen gradually and uniformly like fading. You will most likely see discoloration in patches and streaks, and this is usually due to the accumulation of moisture behind the siding or the growth of mold. However, as we saw earlier, many people rarely pay attention to their siding and sometimes all that is needed is a glance, and if you notice such patches, it means that the siding needs attention. Fading and discoloration might also result in you repainting the house frequently. If you notice that you need to repaint the house frequently due to fading or discoloration of the outward appearance, it might be a sign that your siding needs to be reworked.
Damaged or melted vinyl could also be an indicator that your siding is damaged and needs replacing. Melted vinyl is usually caused by high temperatures, such as having a grill near the wall. Also, certain window designs can cause unusual reflections of the sun’s heat, which might heat the vinyl and cause it to melt. If you notice signs of melted or warped vinyl, it might be time to call your contractor.
Peeling of indoor paintwork
Siding is meant to protect your walls against the elements and, in turn, prevent more damage to interior parts of the house. A sign that the outside needs to be fixed is evidence of damage on the inside. When you notice paint inside the house starts to peel, this usually means that your siding is in a bad state and needs urgent replacement. Interior paintwork is not designed to have the same resistive properties as siding, and it is instead protected by other parts of the structure such as the roof and the wall. Therefore, in cases where the interior paintwork is peeling away, it may be an indicator that moisture is seeping through the walls. You may also begin to see the effects on other parts, such as wallpapers peeling away. In extreme cases, you may start viewing water droplets on your walls, which usually means that the protection that the house gets from outside has completely fallen off. Moisture around doors, windows and other wooden fittings could lead to rotting and compromise the structure of the house and, therefore, a timely response is paramount to preventing more damage.
Increase in power bills
Unexplained increases in power bills can be caused by damaged siding. Damaged siding can wreak havoc in your power consumption rates if it is not corrected promptly. Siding is supposed to act as an insulator between the house and the outside and, in the long run, prevent the temperature of the house from being influenced by outside conditions. You will start to notice your air conditioning and heating electricity consumption skyrocket due to the inability of the house to maintain a given temperature. However, other parts of your house play a key role in heat insulation and ensure you also investigate your roof or attic to rule them out as possible culprits.
In summary, it advisable to take a minute and inspect your siding, especially if it is older than ten years. It plays a crucial role in protecting your house against the effects of weather elements and gives it the appealing outward appearance. Therefore, if you notice any of the above signs, it might be time to call in your siding contractor.