Siding doesn’t last forever; in fact, most types of siding have a lifespan of just 10-20 years, after which they no longer provide adequate protection for your home. At Kiser Construction, we know what a critical role high-quality, fully intact siding plays in the protection of your home. And as restoration specialists, we also know what can happen when you neglect your home exterior or fail to replace deteriorated siding. To help you better protect your property, in this blog, we explain 4 of the most common signs that should alert you to the need for new siding.
Siding is designed to protect your home from the elements, but if yours is crumbling, buckling, or rotting away, it cannot perform that role. If you can see signs of rot, but they’re contained in small areas, repairing the damage may be a viable option. But if you can see that the damage extends to larger areas, it’s well past time for siding replacement.
It’s important to keep in mind that even small areas of siding rot can extend deeper than you can see with your naked eye. For that reason, any time you see rot around the exterior of your home, contact a reputable siding contractor for a comprehensive inspection. The last thing you want is to repair the visible damage while allowing deeper damage to grow worse.
Mold or Mildew
Have you noticed mold or mildew development inside your home? Because these grows are the result of moisture intrusion, anytime you see mold or mildew indoors, head outside to inspect the corresponding area of your home exterior.
Even if you don’t see mold or mildew outdoors, there’s a good chance moisture made its way beneath the siding and resulted in mold proliferation indoors. If you’re at a loss as to what might be causing the mold, schedule an exterior inspection with a trustworthy siding contractor. In many instances, updating the siding or insulation (or both) solves the problem.
Warping or Other Signs of Moisture Intrusion
If moisture has made its way beneath your siding, your home may be in trouble. If you can clearly see your siding no longer lies flat, you’ve got a problem on your hands. In most cases, bulging or warping siding is an indication of a much deeper problem, one you may not be able to see from the outside of your house. To prevent further damage, get in touch with a siding company for an inspection and discuss your siding replacement options while you’re at it.
Cracks, Holes, and Gaps
Just as rotted, crumbling siding cannot effectively protect your home, neither can siding that features holes, cracks, or gaps. Wherever exterior cladding damage exists, it allows moisture to enter, and if you have wood siding or a wood-frame house, mold, rot, and insects won’t be far behind.
To maintain the structural integrity of your home, pursue siding replacement anytime you notice damage to your exterior cladding. Even if you only have the affected boards or panels replaced, that’s better than allowing the damage to sit unrepaired.
Kiser Construction: Reputable Siding Contractors, Cost-Effective Renovations
When you need siding replacement or repairs, get in touch with our team at Kiser Construction. Since 2003, we’ve proudly served Twin Cities homeowners with a wide variety of contracting and disaster restoration services. To schedule an appointment or learn more about our services, give us a call today at 763-633-2010 or connect with us online, and a member of our team will get back to you promptly.
If you are in need of emergency restoration services following a disaster, please call our 24/7 emergency line at 612-518-8852.