5 Signs That Your Home's Siding Needs To Be Replaced

The siding on your home makes a huge visual impact, and can be the difference between having a beautiful home and one that looks old and neglected. In addition to appearance, your home's siding plays a very important role in protecting the vulnerable walls behind it. While siding can last for many years, the time will come when it needs to be replaced. Some of the top signs that your home needs new siding include:

Color Fading

As the siding on your home gets older the color may begin to visibly fade. Don't ignore this and try to add a coat of paint-- significant color fading is often a sign that the siding material is breaking down and near the end of its lifespan.. 

Signs of Warping or Wood Rot

It is a good idea to regularly walk around the perimeter of your home and visually inspect your siding for signs of wood rot or warping. If you see any areas that don't look normal, use something sharp to poke the affected area. If the wood feels very soft, the siding most likely needs to be replaced.

Peeling Paint on Interior Walls

Siding is designed to protect your home from precipitation, but as siding begins to fail moisture can makes its way in. A common sign that your siding is no longer water tight is peeling paint or loose wallpaper on interior walls inside the home. This is not an issue to take lightly, as moisture in the wall boards can cause a lot of damage to your home that will e very expensive to repair. It is in your best interest to replace your home's siding as soon as possible to prevent damage to your walls.

Siding is Cracking or Becoming Loose

If siding becomes loose or damaged during a severe storm with high wind, that usually is not cause for concern. But if large areas of your home's siding begin cracking or become loose, it is usually a sign that the siding is no longer in good condition and should be replaced. 

Signs of Mold, Fungus, or Mildew

The presence of mold, fungus, or mildew in the seams of your siding is a major sign that the siding is letting moisture in and may be due for replacement. It is in your best interest to act quickly at the first sign of mold, fungus, and mildew on the exterior of your home if you want to protect the interior wall boards from being damaged. Call a contractor, like Miller Roofing & Guttering Inc., for more help.