If you’re looking for ways to increase your home’s value and reduce your monthly energy expenses, siding replacement is a good bet. The right siding can completely change the appearance of your home. For many homeowners, however, it can be difficult to know when your siding needs to be replaced or simply repaired.
Because siding is a significant investment in your home, you want to be sure you’re making the right decision. At Anderson Exteriors, our Ramsey siding replacement and installation team is dedicated to helping homeowners get the best value out of their home improvement projects. In this post, we’ll share some of our best pro tips for determining if it’s time for new siding.
Look for these signs!
1. Signs of Moisture Infiltration
Any sign of moisture getting into your home is a red flag warning that you need to replace your siding. Signs of mildew or mold are clear indications of moisture getting in through your siding. But there are also less obvious signs.
If you’ve got peeling paint or wallpaper that is bubbled or peeling, that means it’s likely you’ve got moisture coming in through the walls. Not only can this cause a health hazard due to biological growth and fungi, but it can also cause structural damage to your home.
2. Clear Damage to Your Siding
If you’ve got obvious damage to your siding, you might be tempted to simply repair it. But significant siding damage means your siding most likely has additional damage you can’t see, and in many cases, this can be quite extensive.
For example, small holes in the siding indicate infiltration by insects. Beyond what is readily visible to the human eye, there may be far more extensive damage. All of these small holes and cavities provide opportunity for moisture and mold to get into your home.
3. Loose Siding and Cracked Siding
It’s not uncommon for a home to have a loose board or two. But if you’ve got more than a few loose or cracked siding panels, this means the protective envelope of your home’s siding is unable to function properly. Chances are that if you’ve got a few boards within visual level from the ground, there are more panels loose out of visual range.
4. External Signs of Moisture
Siding can also show signs of moisture infiltration externally. If your siding appears to be warped, it may have begun to rot. Use a screwdriver to press underneath the siding.
Siding that has been infiltrated with moisture may have a sponge-like quality or swelling. It may also have begun to rot. All of these are outward signs of significant problems with your siding.
5. Outsized Energy Bills
Aging siding can be costly in terms of more than just maintenance. A drafty home is an uncomfortable one. But what’s truly uncomfortable is opening up a shocking heating bill every month.
If you live in a drafty home or you’re spending more than you expected to on your home heating and cooling costs, replacement siding is one of the best moves you can make. And when your system doesn’t have to run as hard all the time, you’ll end up spending less on HVAC system repairs as the years go by.
6. Home Updates
If you’re thinking of selling your home or investing in renovations, one of the most significant updates you can make is siding replacement. Rather than simply update your siding with a new coat of paint, why not consider offering an additional selling point?
Replacing your old wood siding with fade-resistant vinyl siding can completely transform your home’s exterior and elevate your home’s curb appeal.
Whether you’re dreaming of a whole new siding profile and color or you just want a shiny new version of your original siding, we’ve got you covered. And many new buyers find the energy savings that comes with new siding a powerful incentive.
Contact Our Ramsey Siding Replacement Team
If your siding doesn’t pass the test, it’s time to replace it with beautiful siding that will increase your home’s curb appeal as it protects your family. At Anderson Exteriors, our Ramsey siding installation contractors offer several siding options including engineered wood siding, vinyl, stone, steel, and more.
Our experienced siding installation team can help you choose the best siding for your budget and create a look that works well with your home’s architectural design. Visit our gallery to check out our past projects, and then call to connect with a siding expert at 763.323.0970 or contact us to get your free quote.