One of the easiest ways to completely update and improve your home’s appearance is replacing your vinyl siding. Your home can go from tired and outdated to modern and striking with fresh new siding. Also, you can mimic just about any architectural feature, including wood shakes, colonial beading, board and batten, and even Victorian gingerbread with the newest vinyl siding styles. Siding, however, is not just for aesthetics. Basically, your home’s first line of defense against moisture is the siding. Investing in a siding replacement can stop mildew, mold, and rot from costing you thousands of dollars in structural repairs down the road if your siding is old and/ or worn. Today, we at McKay’s Painting would like to discuss the signs your siding is due for replacing.
How Can You Tell if Vinyl Siding is Bad & Needs Replacement?
Chips, Cracks, & Dents. Severe storms can lead to hail damage in some cases. Strong winds can hurl hail and other debris into the vinyl siding, causing it to have chips, dents, and cracks. Dents generally won’t lead to moisture damage, but they can be an eyesore. On the other hand, the cracks and chips can leave the underlying structure exposed to water and other dangers. Some mild chips and cracks may be repairs, but if they become an issue, a replacement is in order.
Rippling & Warping. Siding can warp and ripple over time. It can also provide an entry point for water in addition to provide an entry point for water. A poor installation is the reason for unsightly warping and rippling in some cases. The siding has simply sagged over time in other cases. An expert can evaluate the condition and help you make informative decision if the siding needs to be replaced or can be repaired.
Blistering & Bubbling. You might have seen vinyl siding that is blistered or bubbled, especially if you have seen homes built in from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. This is one of the reasons why some people get turned off to the idea of vinyl for their homes, and it is simply a bad look. It is important to distinguish vinyl made in previous decades from its modern counterpart, however. Being more durable, stronger, and resistant to extreme weather and temperature swings, today’s vinyl is exceptional. Decades ago, the vinyl manufactured could not take withstand a blazing hot sun or sub-zero temperatures. Modern manufacturing techniques and materials produce vinyl that can look new for decades, fortunately. It is best to replace it if you see a lot of blistering and bubbling on your home’s old vinyl.
Wildlife Damage. There is a chance nature’s critters have found their way into your home and possibly under your siding if you live near a wooded area. Being a large source of heat in cold weather, your house will attract squirrels, birds, and field mice seek warmth in the winter. Replacing it with modern vinyl can protect your property from damage if you have wood siding or old vinyl.
High Energy Bills. Old and worn exterior cladding can be a major factor in a home’s energy loss, though most homeowners don’t associate high heating and cooling bills with their siding. Newer siding is designed to be as energy efficient as possible in addition to serving as an important moisture barrier. It is probably time to think about installing new siding if your siding is old, and you’re paying exorbitant heating and cooling bills every month.
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When your home requires siding replacement, call in the experts of McKay’s Painting and let our experts take care of you.