Siding is one of the most cost-effective home upgrades. However, when it outlives its usefulness, you face more problems than it’s worth. We can repair some issues, but in most instances, once you see the evidence of wear, tear and age, it’s time for something new. Here are six signs it’s time to replace your siding in Birmingham, AL:
- Exterior growth: Mildew, mold, algae and fungus are not just ugly—they also indicate serious problems. If your siding becomes a garden for invasive plant life, chances are it is trapping moisture that will soon leak into your walls. Most of this growth is harmless, but you should call a contractor to remove it. If it keeps returning, your siding is likely beyond rehabilitation.
- Utility bill spikes: You pay for siding installation up front, but it pays for itself in the long run. That is due to its most significant advantage: insulation. Good siding increases energy efficiency, and that lowers your heating and cooling costs. However, if you notice a drastic increase one month that never improves in the following months, your siding has likely failed you. It’s time to call in a contractor to inspect it and possibly estimate replacement costs.
- Interior stains: If you installed wood siding, it bubbles when it starts wearing out. Later, these bubbles translate to spongy spots under wallpaper, stains in the ceiling and walls and even soft spots under your floor. Eventually, this process eats away at your home’s structural integrity and attracts mold. Avoid these impacts by arranging an inspection after major storms—that allows contractors to seal up damage before it brings the outside indoors. However, if you wait long enough to see this sign, it’s likely time for new siding.
- Warping: You know when you need new siding when you notice exterior areas that are no longer flat. Compare these areas at different angles to confirm warping. When warping occurs, it’s due to severe damage, often rot and decay. At that point, your siding needs a complete replacement.
- Holes and cracking: Holes result from insects gaining access to your home. As they use this thoroughfare, the holes enlarge and become more noticeable—and unsightly. Cracks indicate insects, but also excess moisture. Both can be early signs of termites, which wreak havoc on your entire home. If you confirm termites, call an exterminator, and once that problem is gone, replace your siding.
- Fading and peeling: If you install wood siding, it should remain intact and attractive for eight to 10 years. But if you find you repaint more frequently only to see the same ugly results months or a short year later, your siding likely aged beyond its useful life. Consider replacing wood siding with sun-resistant vinyl or another lower-maintenance option. You can change the color of your home or stick with a familiar look. The choice is up to you.
Metro Contractors Inc. offers home upgrades throughout Birmingham, AL, including siding installation. If it’s time to replace the siding on your home, call us today to schedule an estimate.
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