When you own a house, making repairs can become tedious and expensive. As a result of this, many items on your list of things to do may get delayed. Unfortunately, when you delay working on your home, you can make matters worse, especially when it comes to your siding. At first thought, you may simply think that your siding helps your house look great from the curb, but there is much more to siding then increasing your home’s value.

Siding Helps Prevent Water Damage

Rain, sleet, snow, wind, and other elements can be destructive in excess. In fact, with the right conditions, the weather can cause significant damage to your home. When the weather is severe, your siding is your home’s first line of defense. Siding prevents water and other debris from entering your home by being a protective shield.

If your siding is dated and falling apart, you have a bigger problem than your home’s appearance. Damaged siding doesn’t work as effectively as sturdy siding that hasn’t been exposed to the elements as much. If you find that your siding has been on your home for years, then you should consider replacing so that you don’t compromise your home.

Improve Your Insulation with Better Siding

Another important aspect of siding is its ability to insulate your home. Your home has multiple layers of insulation, and these layers all work in unison to ensure that you have the best protection. In fact, working together, these components provide you with better insulation than any one component can provide on its own. However, if one of these components, such as your siding, fails because its old and damaged, then you don’t have the best insulation for your home. As a result, you will find that your heating and cooling costs may increase from year to year.

Siding Keeps Termites and Carpenter Ants Away

Your home is made of wood, and wood attracts a lot of insects. In particular, wood attracts termites and carpenter ants (carpenter ants are attracted to the honeydew on wood). Although carpenter ants don’t eat wood, they are just as frustrating as termites, which do eat wood. Fortunately, replacement siding helps prevent these critters from damaging your home, which could be expensive to you did have termites.

At Anderson Exteriors, we specialize in siding. We can help you choose the best siding for your home, whether you are putting on new siding or replacing your old siding. If you are looking for a way to enhance your home’s protection from the element, give us a call.