6 Signs New Siding is in Your Future
When many homeowners consider exterior maintenance and replacement, they think about roofing. And while roofing is a critical feature in your home, it’s also important to protect and maintain your home’s siding. Here are 6 warning signs new siding is in your near future:
1. Cracked, Damaged, or Bulging Siding
There’s no question about it: cracks and other damage visibly age a home and hurt its curb appeal. But these trouble spots also give moisture a chance to seep into the home, creating the potential for interior damage. Another reason to pay attention to cracks and gaps, in particular, is that they’re the perfect hiding spots for critters, including termites—and that can create gigantic headaches down the road when it’s time to exterminate the bugs and mitigate the damage they caused.
2. Interior Drafts
Drafts and chilly spots, especially those around windows, doors, switches, and electrical receptacles, could be linked to deteriorating or damaged siding, which allows cold air to seep into your living areas.
3. Interior Moisture or Mold
There are many reasons mold might grow in a home, and one of them is inadequate siding. If you have an interior mold or moisture problem, examine the home’s exterior near the trouble spot. Damaged siding and/or insulation can allow moisture to build up, creating ideal growing conditions for unhealthy and costly-to-get-rid-of mold.
4. Hail Damage
Chipped or cracked siding from heavy storms can damage more than the roof—it can harm siding as well. Storm-damaged siding is less able to protect your home from the elements.
5. Increasing Upkeep
Wood siding can be time-consuming to maintain. If you find yourself regularly putting off routine maintenance, like staining, it might be time to invest in low-maintenance vinyl siding, which requires little care and can last up to 25 years.
6. Resell Value
New siding adds a fresh, nearly brand new, look to your home, giving it the curb appeal it needs to attract more buyers. Plus, it’s a solid investment when selling is on your agenda; new siding gives, on average, a 78 percent return at resale—nearly the same return rate as a remodeled kitchen.
If your siding looks worse for wear or you want to refresh your home’s exterior, talk with the Best Contracting team about maintenance-free siding. From cedar-look to vertical, we offer the siding options you need to create an easily maintained exterior with curb appeal.
Was your siding damaged in a storm? We’ll work with you and your insurance company to ensure your claim is filed properly and promptly—you may be eligible for full siding replacement even if the damage is confined to a small area.
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