What do you need to know before replacing siding?

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What do you need to know before replacing siding?

What do you need to know before replacing siding?
Your home is your primary protector against nasty weather. Over the years, however, it does need to be repaired.

While a house may last you a hundred years or more, different parts of it do have a shorter lifespan. One of the most important components of your home is siding. Siding protects walls from damage while enhancing the appearance of your home.

It's important to choose the right color and material for your siding. This article will help you learn the key factors to consider if you decide to replace your siding.

How long does siding last?

Let's take a look at different siding materials and their approximate lifespan:
  • Vinyl siding - 20-40 years.
  • Steel vinyl siding 50 years or more.
  • Fiber cement siding - about the same as steel siding.
  • Wood siding - about 50 years.

Longevity of siding depends on many factors, such as: properly maintained, method of installation, maintenance and how much it is affected by weather and other adverse factors.

Signs that let you know it's time to replace your siding

Siding that has already served its purpose will show you certain physical problems, which will include some of the following.

Deformations

Physical deformities - bulges or warping - are most likely caused by water getting on the exterior walls. This is a rather unpleasant problem because water penetrating the walls causes severe damage if not dealt with in a timely manner.

Cracks

Cracks in your siding are exactly where mold, moisture and other nasty things you wouldn't want to face (such as pests) will enter. This problem will weaken the foundation, and the overall longevity of your home will only drop.

Discoloration or fading

Problems such as discoloration or efflorescence are not just issues that reduce the appearance of your home, they are also a sign that the siding is suffering from moisture. If fungus, peeling paint or mold appears in the interior, such concerns will only be confirmed. Fungus and mold can also negatively affect your health. Contact a professional to help replace your siding. You may want to use some other material.

Faded Siding

Besides fading, there is another problem vinyl siding is particularly susceptible to - heat sensitivity. Vinyl siding will melt if exposed to heat for too long. This problem can just as well destroy the structure and be the source of your health problems.

Energy bills

If your bills are starting to increase for some unknown reason, the siding might be the problem. Because the siding is damaged, it can no longer effectively protect your home from the weather. As a result, your air conditioning, ventilation and heating systems need to work harder to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Check Siding

You need to know how you can check for possible damage to your siding. Take a screwdriver and poke around particularly problematic areas with it. Check to see if the layer underneath the siding is solid. If you feel it already starting to rot and become soft, then it's time for replacement.

Tips for Choosing the Right Material

If you choose attractive colors, your home will be more beautiful. Choosing the right material and color will help increase the value of your home while giving you the protection and energy efficiency you need.

Here are some tips that won't make you regret your choice in the future:
  • Find out what types of siding are present in your area. If you want to choose a different one, it may lower the cost of your home compared to others in your area.
  • Ask for advice from professionals. They will advise you on the best material depending on where your home is located. Sometimes stone cladding can be a great option compared to wood cladding in areas where pests are especially high. That said, steel siding is a better choice in an area with a fairly dry climate.
  • Don't forget about timely maintenance. Wood will require a bit more of your attention, unlike vinyl siding. Stone cement won't need care at all, but if you decide to choose fiber cement, you'll have to repaint it occasionally.
  • Repainting your siding will require a certain amount of money, but such an investment can seriously increase the value of your home if you want to sell it in the future.

Choosing the right color for your siding

Chances are you're thinking about color as a design and style, but you shouldn't forget about some of the functions:
  • If the siding is painted in lighter tones, it reflects light better. This will increase energy efficiency.
  • Make sure the siding will match your windows and doors.
  • Sometimes the siding may need to be repainted, so choose a color you can always find at the store.

To summarize:
If siding is made of the right materials and installed correctly - it can serve both aesthetic and protective functions. However, if not properly maintained, it can seriously affect the structure of your home and your health.

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