If you are not completely satisfied with your home’s current siding, you might have started thinking about having it replaced. This is, however, a fairly major undertaking. Because siding generally stays up for at least two decades, choosing the perfect style typically takes awhile and the cost is usually fairly substantial. Due to this, Carolina homeowners generally want to be sure that replacement really is the best way to go. As you read this guide, you will learn about a few key indications that a siding replacement project is in your immediate future.
- Mold growth – If you’ve noticed any patches of mold on vinyl or wood siding, the odds are good that the infestation extends past the exterior of the board. Mold grows fast and has to have particular conditions to thrive. If it’s able to grow on the exterior of your house, it is almost certain to be present in your walls as well. Mold can cause serious health problems, so it’s wise to have all of your siding replaced if a mold problem is present.
- Wood rot – Wood rot, as you probably expected, is only a potential issue if you have wood surfaces, including siding boards and trim, on the outside of your North Carolina or South Carolina home. In some situations, wood rot is obvious. You might see holes in your siding or uncover noticeably weak, thin areas. In other cases, though, homeowners have to look carefully for wood rot. If you suspect your siding has this issue, use a screwdriver to test each board. If any areas feel pliable, call a professional right away.
- Obvious fading – Generally, wood siding has to be repainted every year or so to stay looking nice. Vinyl siding, though, should not quickly lose its original color. If your vinyl boards have begun obviously fading, it could be a sign that they are nearing the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced soon. If, however, your current vinyl siding was installed within the past decade, you should contact the manufacturer to find out if it may still be under warranty.
- Bubbled sections – Siding should never have bubbled areas. This is a red flag that water is trapped behind the siding boards. Standing water can lead to all sorts of problems, including mold growth inside your home’s wall cavities, rotting studs, electrical issues, and a host of other situations. If you see bubbling, it is imperative to get a professional involved as quickly as you can.
- Holes – No matter what siding material is on your home, holes are bad. Not only do these openings allow insects, vermin, and other pests to get into your house, but they expose the bones of your house to precipitation. This can lead to structural damage, which is usually expensive (or impossible) to repair.
At Hatch Homes, siding is one of our specialties. If you believe the time has come for you to have new siding installed on your home, or if you’re just interested in getting an expert’s opinion on the state of your siding, contact us. We can’t wait to get to know you and hear the vision you have for the outside of your house! We serve families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.