With the winter months fast approaching, now is a good time to make sure your home is in top condition. This means checking things like the roofing, windows, and siding. Many homeowners have their roof inspected but accidentally neglect the siding.
Do you need to replace your old siding?
5 Signs You Need Siding Replacement
There are a few signs to look out for to help you determine if you need new siding. These include:
Faded or Frequent Painting
The condition of the paint on your siding can help you determine whether or not replacement is necessary. Typically, the siding paint should last between 8 to 10 years, if not longer. If you find yourself repainting your household’s siding every five to six years (or sooner), it may be time to install new siding on your home.
Rotting and/or Warping
If you notice rotting and/or warping in your siding, it is definitely time for your home to be resided. One simple test to determine if your siding is warped is the screwdriver test. Grab a Phillips head screwdriver and take a walk around your home and look for rotted or warped areas. Then, with your screwdriver, gently poke underneath the siding to determine if it is soft and rotted.
Cracked, Broken, or Loose Planks
Oftentimes, siding can become loose, cracked, or even broken. If this occurs in a single plank or area, a full residing may not be necessary. However, if you notice cracked, broken, or loose pieces of siding on multiple places of your home—or a single, large area—give your local siding contractor a call for an expert opinion.
Bubbles or Holes
If holes are easily visible on your siding, it is a clear sign it is time to replace the siding on your home. Holes are almost always caused by insects and can lead to infestation, expose your home to outdoor elements (rain, snow, dirt, dust, etc.), and eventually cause bubbles in your siding.
Bubbles found just underneath the surface of your siding are a certain indication that water has become trapped within. Trapped water on or under the siding of your home is an immediate red flag—siding is designed to keep moisture away from household walls located under the siding.
Fungus, Mold, and Mildew
Another sign of water infiltration of your home’s siding is any growth (or signs of growth) of fungus, mold, and/or mildew. Look for any abnormal growths of fungus, mold, or mildew along the seams of the siding. However, it is important to seek an expert opinion when it comes to such growth, as only some cases should be cause for alarm.
Siding Replacement in the Gaithersburg Area
Do you need new siding for your home? If you live in Gaithersburg or a surrounding area in Maryland, the Shanco Companies team has you covered.
Contact us to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to discuss your siding replacement project!