After multiple seasons of sun, rain, and snow, our home exteriors can get pretty worn down. Damaged siding can be a real pain when it comes to curb appeal, but there’s more at stake that just appearances!
Our home’s siding is the first line of defense against the elements. It needs to withstand moisture, insects, pests, and the harshness of unpredictable weather.
Certain types of siding such as vinyl or fiber cement will last much longer than others. But in the case of wood or shingles, you may need to inspect your siding regularly for damaged areas before they begin to affect your home’s integrity.
Let’s take a look at some things to keep an eye out for...
How to Know if Your Siding Needs to Be Replaced
The surface area of the damage determines if you’re better off replacing your siding entirely, or just in the affected region. Take a look at this helpful checklist from Siding Magazine!
- Missing or popping nails can be a sign that your siding has flexed or warped in place, and is growing weaker with age.
- Peeling paint can be a telltale sign of aging wood. If it’s gone through a few coats over the years and isn’t holding paint well, the siding is likely in need of replacement.
- Water damage will appear in dark patches, usually around gutters, ridgelines, and foundation areas. Be sure to replace these areas right away, before they can turn into mold or dry rot that will damage your home’s integrity.
- Insect damage from carpenter ants, termites, and bees will cause debilitating dry rot and decay in your wood.
Can I Get Away With Siding Repairs?
Of course! In fact, sometimes all you need is to replace the siding in a particular section of your home. When you begin to see damage, whether it’s from attrition over time or a recent accident, siding repairs are a great first line of defense.
Do You Need Siding Replacement for Your MD Home?
It’s important to match the siding of your current home as closely as possible. Your local siding experts at RoofPro can set you up with a number of options that will look great and are built to last!
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