In some regions of the Carolinas, such as Charleston, SC, and the Outer Banks, winter is relatively mild. In other areas, like Charlotte, NC, and the mountains, though, winter weather definitely strikes every year. If you happen to live in one of the chillier sections of these states, replacing your siding before the cold hits again might be the best thing you could do for your home.
There are, of course, certain signs you should be on the lookout for if you’re thinking about having your siding replaced soon. Several of these have been detailed for you in this guide. As you continue reading, you’ll see descriptions of a few key red flags. If you notice any of these as you look around the outside of your house, it’s time to call a contractor to discuss having new siding installed sooner rather than later.
Fading, cracking, or peeling
If the paint on wood siding is chipped or peeling, it may be an indication that it needs to be replaced. This can, in some cases, signal that there is structural damage, such as warping, to the siding. It can also be a sign of excessive water retention or rot. Wood siding, as a general rule, should be replaced every 10-15 years.
In regard to vinyl siding, cracking can be a sign that there is water pooling behind the boards. It can also signal that the siding has been subjected to extreme heat or extreme cold, which can ultimately lead to a variety of problems, including mold and mildew, if not replaced. Typically, vinyl siding lasts for 15-20 years.
It does bear noting that harsh climates or close proximity to salt water, such as in the coastal Carolinas, can lead to any type of siding needing to be replaced more quickly.
Holes from animals or insects
Throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, some animals and insects like to burrow into the spaces between siding and interior walls. This issue tends to be particularly bad for homeowners who have wood siding. If you’ve noticed holes in your siding, there’s a good chance that termites or other pests have made their homes in your home. You’ll need to call in a professional to assess the damage, but the odds are good that your siding will have to be replaced and, probably, your house exterminated as well.
Issues with interior walls
Peeling paint or wallpaper on the inside of your home can also be a sign that your siding needs to be replaced in the near future. Typically, this means that water has seeped through and is pooling in your interior walls. This is a sure indication that your siding isn’t doing its job! If the water is allowed to continue leaking into your interior walls, you and your family could become ill from a mold infestation, so it’s important to have the siding replaced as soon as possible to prevent further problems.
At Hatch Homes, we believe great siding does more than boost your home’s curb appeal. It gives you and your family peace of mind. If you think it’s the right time to have your siding replaced, give us a call today. We’ll schedule a consultation at your convenience.