Is your home getting older? Have you seen some brutal weather conditions in those years? Maybe you’re just thinking that you’re due for a refresh. If you get the feeling that your home’s siding might need to be replaced, you may be on to something.
Here are 5 signs you should be getting your siding replaced sooner than later.
#1 – Your Siding is Damaged
Damage like rot, chips, warping, loose pieces, dented areas, bulging areas, fading, cracking, or worst case, missing pieces, can be caused by several different factors:
- Insufficient or improperly performed maintenance
- Weather damage like hail impacts or impact from objects carried in high winds
- Damage from a combination of age and other impacts like golf balls, errant string trimmers, or rocks thrown from lawn mowers
- General aging, siding nearing its end of life
Regardless of the cause, damaged siding can lead to major structural problems with your home, so if damage is present, replacing your siding should be a high priority.
#2 – You Want To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Older siding doesn’t offer the same level of insulating energy efficiency as today’s siding. James Hardie fiber cement HardiePlank siding with insulation is particularly energy efficient, with an insulation value of R3 – where wood (R0.87) aluminum, and vinyl (R0.61) just cannot compare.
More insulation means less energy use in both the heat of summer and chill of winter, which means lower energy costs. Making the switch to a more modern siding can help you on your journey to a more energy efficient home.
#3 – You Want A Lower Maintenance Exterior
There’s only so many hours in the day, and so many days you have for enjoying time with friends and family. Annual pressure washing is ideal for vinyl siding, and repainting wood and hardboard siding should be scheduled for every 3 to 5 years give or take.
Of course, older wood or hardboard siding can require patching, reattaching and replacing cracked planks, bleaching mildew, rust spots, repairing caulking, and more. All of these things require time and energy or shelling out money for someone else to take care of for you. If maintenance on the exterior of your home is eating up your time and causing more stress than it seems like it is worth, it may be time for an update.
#4 – You Would Like A Higher Level of Protection For Your Home
Siding does more than give your home a particular look (that you may love or loathe) – it also provides a layer of protection for the structure of your home. Worn or damaged siding can’t protect your home the way it should.
Old siding could potentially allow water to seep in and cause serious damage to your home in the way of mold, mildew, and wood rot. These can threaten your health as well as the structural integrity of your home. New siding offers protection and peace of mind.
#5 – You’re Ready For A New Look
You’ve pressure washed, spruced up your front porch, added to your landscaping, and still, your home is just not looking the way you wish it did. Maybe you are planning on selling your home and want that extra curb appeal. Replacing your siding can give you an updated, refreshed look.
Are you seeing one or more of these signs that it’s time to reside? Siding Pro is your source for high-quality siding products and expert installation for the Rocky Mountain region. Contact us for a quote today!