At Team Construction Roofing and Exteriors in Denver, we want to share how to tell if your Denver home needs new siding. Sometimes people don’t notice the changes in the things we see every day and the siding on your house might be one of those items. Siding is often overlooked, and many homeowners don’t pay attention to their siding at all, but like everything else, siding does not last forever.
As a homeowner, you want to replace your siding before you have more than one problem on your hands. Here are some common signs to look for and how to tell if your Denver home needs new siding.
Your Home Needs to Be Repainted Often
A home that has siding that is in good shape should only need to be painted every 8-10 years. If your home is in need of a paint job faster than expected because of chipping, cracking, and peeling, then this is a sign that your siding has a problem and may need to be replaced.
Dramatic Increase in Heating and Cooling Bills
If your heating and cooling costs have taken a dramatic upswing, your siding could be the source. You can inspect the siding, particularly at the seams and see whether heat or cool air is escaping. Of course, you will need to take a look at other potential suspects to be sure that your siding is the issue. You will want to rule out things like lack of attic insulation, needing to replace your windows, roof issues, or other potential sources.
Warping or Rotting
Every so often, it is a great idea to do a visual inspection of the outside of your home for a variety of reasons, including checking your siding. A visual inspection is the first step in determining the overall health of your siding. If you see warping of your siding, you will need to get it replaced. You can also use something pointed, like a screwdriver to poke your siding. This will help you determine if the under layer is beginning to rot. The under layer should be solid and strong. If it feels soft or weak, it is absorbing water and this is a sign your siding is in need of replacement.
Loose Siding or Cracked Boards
If you only have a couple of loose boards caused by storm damage or one board has recently cracked, there is not much cause for alarm. It is possible to replace the few boards that have an issue without concern or much trouble. If you see large sections of boards that are cracked or loose, this is a sign of bigger issues that professional services such as Team Construction in Denver should be called.
Depending on the issue, it could be that only a section of your siding has a problem or it could be a sign that your siding is ready to be completely redone. Regardless, you want to get the cracked and loose boards removed and replace to avoid further damage. Water can get behind the boards and cause some very expensive problems down the road.
Inside Your Home, You Have Loose Wallpaper or Peeling Paint
If the paint on your inside walls is peeling or if you have wallpaper starting to pull away, your siding may be the cause. It is important to figure out the source of the problem. Siding that needs to be replaced can allow moisture to work its way in, eventually creating the perfect conditions for major damage to your interior walls.
Mildew, Mold, or Fungus
If your home’s siding has starting to develop mold, mildew, or fungus, this can be an indicator that moisture is being retained inside the walls which is allowing the mold, mildew, or fungus to grow. This is true especially if the growth is occurring along the seams of your siding. Though some mold, mildew, or fungus doesn’t automatically mean all your siding is in need of replacement, you will need to further investigate to be sure.
Siding, like everything else, has a life span. Most siding keeps its color for the course of its life expectancy. If the color of your siding has faded, it is a sign that your siding has reached the end of its life. When siding is old, it starts to lose its ability to keep water and moisture out, so pay attention to this important sign. Keep in mind too, that this is one sign that the siding may need replacing, so it will be important to check for other symptoms as well.
Bubbles under the surface of your siding are a sure sign that your siding needs to be replaced. Why? Bubbles are created by trapped moisture or water from under or within the siding. This is a major red flag. Siding is designed to keep moisture out and away from your walls. Bubbles mean the siding is not doing its job. Call us at Team Construction Roofing and Exteriors in Denver if you have determined your siding has bubbles and needs replacement.
Even the smallest holes in your siding are cause for concern. Usually, holes are a sign that insects have gotten through or into your siding and no one wants insects, period. Plus, no one wants the water damage that the holes can invite. You are going to want to get rid of your insect issue and take care of those holes right away.
You can use the handle of a screwdriver to tap on your siding to find weak spots that are damaged by dry rot. Dry rot eats away your siding from the inside, so often your siding will look fine visually. Dry rot can spread so if you find small spots of dry rot, you will want to replace those pieces quick. Extensive dry rot usually means your entire home will need to have the siding redone.
Your siding is designed to protect your home and so you want it to be able to do its job properly. Now that you know how to tell if your Denver home needs new siding, contact Team Construction Roofing and Exteriors in Denver if that time has come. We offer consultations and can replace your siding so your home is properly protected.