Your siding is one of the most important components of your home exterior. It functions to protect the structure of your house from moisture damage, insect infestations, UV-related deterioration, and a variety of other environmental impacts. But when your siding isn’t in great condition, it cannot provide the level of protection it’s designed to deliver.
At Keyprime Roofing, we stress the importance of prompt siding repair and replacement because we understand what a critical role exterior cladding plays in the protection of your home. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common signs of siding deterioration to help you determine if siding replacement is the best option for your home.
Deteriorating Paint or Color Fading
Quality siding should maintain its paint job for at least eight to ten years without touchups. And if your home features a cladding material that doesn’t require painting, such as vinyl siding, the factory-applied color should last for well over a decade, perhaps two.
If you notice the color on your house is fading or your exterior paint is peeling, chipping, blistering, or cracking, these signs typically indicate the need for new siding installation. Usually, these issues don’t appear until the cladding is approaching the end of its projected lifespan. Pursuing prompt replacement is the best way to prevent deeper deterioration that could affect the structure of your home.
Warped or Bulging Siding Panels
You may not be able to observe warped siding at a glance, so you’ll need to take a close look at your exterior cladding to determine if it no longer lies flat. If you notice sections of the siding appear to be pushed out slightly from the side of your house, that’s a strong indication of deeper damage that requires prompt siding repair.
However, because bulging and warping siding panels typically indicate some type of moisture damage, siding contractors typically recommend replacing the cladding in these situations. That said, each house is unique, which means there’s no one-size-fits-all recommendation for fixing this issue.
Experienced siding contractors can perform a complete inspection to determine if the damage extends beyond surface level. Depending on what they find, you may be able to get away with replacing just the affected panels rather than all of the siding throughout the area.
Punctures or Cracks
If you discover cracks or punctures in any of your siding panels, it’s best to replace them as quickly as possible. The same idea applies to loose pieces of cladding. Just a few damaged siding panels usually aren’t cause for serious concern since inclement weather is typically the culprit behind this type of damage.
That said, make sure you inspect the layers beneath any damaged panels to determine if deeper deterioration exists. If you locate signs of more extensive damage beneath the affected panels, comprehensive siding replacement may be necessary to protect your home.
If you have wood siding, dry rot is a serious problem that you must address immediately. Rot only forms when moisture is present over an extended period, which means your siding panels have been subject to water penetration for some time.
Since dry rot weakens the integrity of your siding, it typically allows moisture to penetrate the layers beneath the exterior cladding. And when moisture becomes trapped in those layers, it can cause widespread deterioration without prompt attention.
If you notice any of your siding panels appear to have dry rot, contact a siding contractor for an inspection at your earliest convenience. Prompt siding replacement is the most effective solution for preventing ongoing damage.
If the siding on your house looks as though it was attacked by some type of critter, you may have a serious problem on your hands. This issue is especially prevalent in homes that feature wood siding and almost non-existent in homes that have vinyl, cement, or metal siding.
Not sure how to tell if insects have made a meal out of your home exterior? Keep an eye out for the following signs:
● Sprinklings of sawdust around your home exterior
● Mud tunnels near the outside of your home or visible tunnel-like shapes on the underside of the siding
● Siding rot
● Small insect wings scattered around the outside of your house
● Bubbling or cracking exterior paint
Wood-eating insects reproduce extremely rapidly, which means even a minor insect problem can grow severe within a matter of weeks. If you observe any of the above signs around the outside of your house, contact a siding contractor for an inspection immediately. Without prompt siding replacement (and extermination), you could end up dealing with extensive structural home damage.
Keyprime Roofing: Your Twin Cities Source for Siding Repair and Replacement
Is your siding showing signs of deterioration or damage? Let our team at Keyprime Roofing solve your problem! We specialize in the repair and installation of multiple types of siding and strive to deliver unmatched quality and service on every job we undertake. To request a free estimate or schedule an appointment, call our Golden Valley, MN office today at 952-426-0132 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.