Unlike your windows, which may give you a clear sign it’s time to replace them when they fail to open or close properly, siding’s signs are less obvious. Different types of siding last for different lengths and weather and maintenance often influence how long yours will last. If you know the signs to look for, you’ll know if it’s time for new siding for your home.
1. It Just Doesn’t Look Good
Broken or dented siding is an eyesore. You want to be able to take pride in how your home looks. Aluminum siding gets dented and looks bad. Vinyl siding grows mildew and as it ages becomes brittle and cracks. Hailstorms can do damage to both. Wood siding is susceptible to pests, dry rot, and warping. If you have wood siding and find you need to scrape and repaint more than about every ten years, it’s time for replacement siding.
2. Increasing Energy Bills
Of course, there are months when it’s significantly warmer or cooler than years past and it results in a high monthly bill. However, if you find your utility expenses for heating and cooling go up significantly over a few months and you haven’t had extreme weather, it may be a sign that your siding isn’t doing it’s job. Virtually all siding types can age and separate from the adjoining pieces or from the home allowing for more drafts that result in increased energy usage.
3. Water Intrusion
This is a tricky one to see. Water damage can come from your roof, windows, or siding, and sometimes it’s tough to figure out the source. When you work with a trained siding company, they will be able to determine where the leak originates and let you know if the siding is to blame. When your siding allows water into your home it can cause damage to your insulation, drywall, flooring, and even your framing. Don’t ignore signs of water in your home as the damage only becomes more expensive to repair.
If your home is telling you it’s time for new siding, contact Affordable Replacement Window Systems. We sell and install James Hardie fiber cement siding. James Hardie products stand up to the Texas sun and can’t be damaged by pests, never warps or rots, and requires less maintenance than other types of siding. Call 817-264-6509 to schedule your no obligation estimate for new siding today.