The life expectancy of your exterior siding varies depending on the siding material, climate, and maintenance routine. Even high-quality, maintained siding will deteriorate eventually. When you notice that your siding has seen better days after a couple of years, how do you know if you should make small repairs and apply paint or completely replace your siding?
Learn how to determine when you need new siding below.
When to Repair Your Current Siding
You should repair your siding instead of repairing your siding if the siding still holds up structurally. You know that the siding is still working well if you never notice leaks coming from cracks/holes in the wall and don't notice pockets of cold/hot air different from the rest of your house. Water can lead to mold and pests, which can lead to additional damage. Scratches on your siding appear superficial and don't impact your wall support.
Many times, the problem lies with the appearance of the siding. In this case, you can paint the exterior to brighten up its appearance in an inexpensive way.
If you do need a repair, plan carefully. The color of the new materials may look different from the old materials — if you can't find a perfect match. Consider repairing an entire side of the house at once.
When to Replace Your Current Siding
More often than not, if the siding has decades of use out of it with some noticeable damage, you will benefit from replacing the siding instead of attempting to repair it.
Signs that you need new siding installation include:
- Water damage
- High utility bills
- Ineffective, inefficient, ugly siding
- Under warranty
If you have a warranty on your siding, use it before it expires. Many homeowners mark the date on the calendar and then check if they qualify for a free replacement when the time comes.
How to Make the Most of New Siding Installation
Use your new siding installation as an opportunity to improve your home. The right siding can improve curb appeal, increase home value, improve energy efficiency, and reduce potential hazards.
Vinyl and wood are two of the most common siding options, but you can also look into stone, brick, and fiber cement for something different. Your choice will depend largely on your design aesthetic and your budget.
When you do decide to get new siding installation, the work must be done by a professional. Contact your local siding contractors to get quotes today!