Even if you give your home the best care it can get, some of its parts will inevitably need replacement. Regular use and natural weathering will, over time, cause certain portions of your house to deteriorate, and no amount of maintenance or repair will be able to stop it.
That being said, one part of your home that is prone to damage is its sidings. Vinyl sidings, while made to last, will eventually need to be replaced to effectively keep external elements from entering your home.
If you aren’t sure whether your vinyl needs to be replaced, check for these signs to know for certain:
1. The sidings are damaged
Some types of siding damage, such as tiny holes, can easily be repaired with hardware solutions. However, a considerable amount of cracks, holes, and gaps in your siding can cause a few serious problems. One, moisture can enter the sidings, which can lead to the growth of mould and fungus. Two, the cracks can compromise the integrity of the siding, putting it at risk of breaking off completely. Three, these cracks can become homes for insects, leading to further damage to your property.
2. The sidings have warped
Even if your sidings appear to be free from any damage, they may have warped due to the heating and cooling of the surroundings. While this is normal to some degree, any severe warping needs to be addressed. If the problem isn’t fixed, your home will no longer be safe from the outside elements. A severely warped siding can indicate that there is more structural damage beneath it.
3. The sidings’ colour has faded
The sidings’ colour has more to do than mere aesthetics; it is an indicator of how old they are. This means that if the siding’s original colour has almost completely faded, you can be sure that it will not be able to do its job properly anymore.
If the colour is still there, but you notice that paint has been slowly peeling off, that is a sign that water has already managed to seep in. If nothing is done, more moisture can continue entering your home, increasing the chances of mould and fungus spreading.
4. The electric bills have increased
While there are many possible causes of rising electrical bills, such as increasing usage of power or an inefficient boiler, a damaged siding can be one possible reason. Once a siding is compromised, it will not be able to maintain the home’s internal temperatures anymore. This means that your air-conditioning units and your heating units will have to work harder to maintain a specific temperature.
If you find that your electric bills are rising, have your sidings inspected. That way, you can know for sure if damaged sidings are the real cause.
If you see any damage at all on your siding, it is time to focus your efforts on fixing it. Even if you do not replace it, having the problem addressed will save you a whole world of problems, from an increase in electrical bills to requiring pest control.
With that said, we recommend hiring a professional to inspect your sidings if you believe they have been compromised. The professionals will help you figure out whether you need simple repairs or are better off with a full replacement.
Need repairs for your exterior sidings in Ottawa? Rydel Roofing can get the job done. We are a roofing and siding contractor company with expertise in roofing installation, siding repair, and more. Reach out to us today for a quote.