The exterior siding panels are meant to protect your walls from moisture, harsh temperatures, and the weather. Siding is also one of the key elements of your home’s aesthetic appeal. Siding replacement is one of the main things that you should consider when making renovations, remodeling your house, or when your current siding is not able to serve the intended purposes. Here are some of the tips that should help you to decide whether you need to replace your existing siding.
You should carry out a close-up inspection of siding that appears warped. This involves simply poking under the warped siding and taking note of how firm the layer underneath feels. If the layer is rotted it means that it is time to replace your current siding.
Aging siding may allow moisture to seep under it and into the wallboard. Sagging wallpaper and peeling paint may be an indicator of this problem. The moisture can end up damaging your home’s interior walls if it is not checked early. Mildew or mold formation on your siding’s exterior also points to siding allowing too much moisture into the walls. As much as this does not always mean that the siding is failing, mildew or mold in most cases signifies other issues that should be investigated.
In the case of wood siding, one of the common problems is dry rot. It cannot be easily identified because in some cases it is not visible to the naked eye. There are several ways you can detect it including tapping varied areas of the siding with the bottom of a hammer or screwdriver, which will help to expose an area that has succumbed to it because only the top siding layer will be intact. When dry rot is discovered you may just replace the damaged sections but in many instances contractors usually recommend a full replacement. Taking into account that dry rot may compromise your home’s structural integrity, you should contact experts who are better suited to dealing with the problem.
These are just some of the ways that can help you to decide when to replace the siding on your home. Siding replacement is a vital decision because of its significance both in regards to functionality and aesthetic appeal. With careful planning and attention to detail you can ensure that the siding on your home meets the expected standards.