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.
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 essential 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 more serious damage to worsen.
Mold or Mildew
Have you noticed mold or mildew development inside your home? Mold or mildew grows due to moisture intrusion, so 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. Schedule an exterior inspection with a trustworthy siding contractor if you’re at a loss regarding what might be causing the mold. In many instances, updating the siding or insulation (or both) solves the problem.
Warping or Other Signs of Moisture Intrusion
Whenever moisture makes 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 indicates a much deeper problem, one you may not be able to see from the outside of your house. To prevent further damage, contact 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.
Spike in Energy Bills
Living in the Twin Cities metro area, you know all too well the harshness of a Minnesota winter. Temperatures drop well below freezing and stay that way for almost half the year during the cold months. Not only is this cold weather taxing on the human body and mind, but it can also put our heating units through the wringer, and--if you’re siding needs replacement--it’s also a whole lot worse. When you begin to notice your winter energy cost reach new highs during the season, the problem may lie within your home’s siding.
Your Siding Nears the End of its Lifespan
Different types of siding have different lifespans. Vinyl siding can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance, while other types of siding, like metal, can last up to 50 years. However, if the siding on your house reaches its general allotted lifespan, you should consider getting a replacement. Your siding might look fine on the outside but may harbor serious issues underneath.
Siding Replacement Vs. Repair
Repairing your siding is primarily the most affordable, quick fix you will find. However, sometimes siding repair just won’t cut it. Minor storm damage like missing or dented shingles will be an easy fix, but if ailments like rot or mold have time to develop, you’ll have no choice but to opt for total replacement.
Kiser Constructions Siding Options
Deciding on siding replacement is challenging enough, let alone finding a trusted contractor to do the job. That’s why Kiser Construction offers affordable, straightforward siding replacement.
Our options for siding replacement include:
● Vinyl Siding
● Cedar Shake Siding
● Fiber Cement Siding
● Aluminum Siding
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 require emergency restoration services following a disaster, please call our 24/7 emergency line at 612-518-8852.