One of the parts of your home you will most likely ignore would be the exterior sidings. That is because, for the most part, they are outside and don’t get enough attention.
That being said, it’s important for you to check these areas often. This will let you check for signs of wear and damage that you have to address quickly.
But what exactly should you be keeping an eye out for, anyway? Here’s a list of signs that indicate your sidings need repair or replacement:
When your sidings are continuously exposed to humid weather, they absorb excess moisture that can lead to damage. When the water does not dry fast enough, the material can start to rot. You can tell that this has already happened if you touch the surface and it starts to crumble. Of course, at that point, your sidings are completely useless and need to be replaced.
Wet sidings can promote fungal growth. As the fungus grows, it eats up the siding, causing it to crumble and become soft. If you see any fungal activity on the sidings, you will need to start considering having the siding replaced as soon as possible.
There are many ways your sidings can be cracked open. For instance, the sun’s heat can cause the installation to warp, slowly compromising the structural integrity of the siding and eventually cracking it. Shifts in the foundation of the home can also add stress to the sidings, creating gaps.
If you discover any cracks or gaps, have them repaired immediately. Otherwise, moisture and insects can get inside and wreak havoc to the siding and also to the rest of your home.
From termites to woodpeckers, everything in nature is out there to get to your sidings and damage them one way or another. Birds, bats, and insects can form nests and colonies that pose a risk to your safety as well as the integrity of your sidings.
These threats are easy to spot. Most of the time, you can see them in plain sight. However, you should also keep an eye out for droppings and sheddings around your home’s exteriors as some pests are more difficult to find.
Rising energy bills
If you see that your energy bills are slowly increasing even though you have maintained the same level of usage, it might be because your sidings are no longer keeping your home insulated. That is because your air conditioning or heaters will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable home environment.
Of course, there are many reasons for the rise in energy bills, but be sure to check your sidings to ensure they’re not the cause.
The next time you get the chance, don’t forget to check the outside of your home to see whether these signs are there. The earlier you discover a problem, the quicker you can have it addressed. This also means that if you catch the issues before they get too bad, your repair cost will be much lower.
That said, you will eventually need to replace practically any type of siding, but this should be possible without any issues. You just need to be sure to routinely check them so that problems are kept to a minimum.
Rydel Roofing is a roofing and siding contractor company that can help you install and repair your roof and sidings. If you are looking for general contractors to repair or replace your sidings, get in touch with us!