Home siding is an essential part of any home. It is the first line of defense and the layer that protects your home from the unforgiving weather elements, including the hot sun, biting wind, bitter cold, hail, and snow.
Siding also adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home and helps you save money on energy bills. When choosing siding for a home, it is crucial to consider the location, climate, maintenance requirements, and overall aesthetics. Most homes have brick, stone, wood, vinyl, or another siding material. On average, siding may last from 15 to 50 years.
Damaged siding is one of any homeowner's worst nightmares. Some types of siding last for years under the Michigan weather, but even with the best care and maintenance, the time comes when repairing or a repainting job won't be enough. You must take action and replace your siding before severe damage to your home happens.
When your siding starts fading or the paint is chipping, it's a flashing sign that the days of your siding are numbered. Check the inside of your house. Do you notice paint peeling or loose wallpaper? Moisture may have gotten through cracks and dents in the siding. It's time to consider upgrading or changing to new siding before your walls get more damage.
If you begin to see gaps, holes, or cracks in your siding, pay attention to it. They don't only make your structural appearance ugly, but these are signs of more significant issues. For example, is it still solid, or does it crumble under your touch if you poke around the gaps or cracks? Even the tiniest of holes or cracks could pose threats to your siding. Gaps in the siding admit moisture into the home, and cracks and holes let in water, insects, and critters. Water could seep through cracks and create damage, starting with the interior walls.
Bubbles or blisters on the surface of your siding are warning signs. You could have a moisture problem, which means water has gotten in and trapped within the siding. The siding is supposed to protect your house and keep moisture from coming in. If the damage is minimal, an expert contractor might be able to replace individual sections. However, if the damage is extensive, there is no recourse but to start with a new replacement.
Go around your house and check the siding. Any sighting of mildew, fungus, or mold in your siding could mean water has gotten in the siding and could start damaging the structure. Aside from structural damage, these substances are potential hazards to your family.
A fresh coat of paint is ideal for siding every 8-10 years, but if your siding requires paint more frequently, like every five or so years, your siding needs to be fixed and indicate siding replacement.
Is your siding old and damaged? It could be inviting insects that cause damage.
Insects are attracted to soft or rotted wood, so your house could be at risk if your siding is either of those things. Some insects are devastating and potentially damage your home, like termites.
If your house is older with outdated materials, consider updating it by replacing your old siding. Today's siding materials made from modern manufacturing techniques produce siding that can look new for many years, is more durable and resistant to the swinging temperature moods
Have you noticed any notable increase in monthly energy bills? It may be a reason to check your siding. Do you feel a draft near the windows and walls? There's a chance that moisture is getting in. If your house is well insulated, it should keep the cold air in the hot days of summer or trap the heat inside the house in the cold weather. Poor insulation means you will need more electricity to keep the house cool or warm as required, which would translate to higher energy bills.
Installing new siding can dramatically transform your house's look and give it a fresh, updated look. When the siding is damaged or peeled off, it affects your home's curbside appeal. You can do minor repairs, but it's like putting a band-aid on the surface instead of addressing the root of the problem.
If you are planning to move and sell your current house, you want to ensure your home is in tip-top shape. The condition of your siding is the first thing potential buyers can see, affecting your sale price. If old, damaged, or in disrepair, it can make your home look unkempt and leave a wrong impression. New siding can help increase the value of your house. Renovations are expensive, but they are a good investment.
We install vinyl siding and James Hardie Fiber cement siding at Grennan Construction. Vinyl siding became popular in the 1950s. It is similar to wood siding but versatile, durable, and requires little maintenance. Vinyl comes in various colors and textures to suit the style of your home. Hardie board is durable, doesn't rot, and is designed to last more than 50 years without needing replacement. Check out our siding gallery if you need a replacement.
Your home siding is meant to last for decades, especially if you practice proper maintenance. However, if you see signs you need new siding, pay attention to them. It means your siding is no longer providing the necessary protection, and it's time to call in the experts to fix the problem immediately before it escalates into something more extensive and expensive.
If you have any additional questions about board and batten siding, please call our office to speak with one of our James Hardie siding experts.
Located in Oakland County, Michigan, Grennan construction offers loans for siding replacement in the Oakland County area.
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