Replacing your home’s vinyl siding may not be on the top of your to-do list, but you would definitely need to think about it at some certain point in time. Siding is something that breaks, cracks or simply wears out and eventually, starts to leak, resulting in even bigger problems and major expensive repairs.
Now the question arises, how will you know when it’s the right time to replace the vinyl siding of your house? There is a variety of different signs that you need to pay attention to so that you can avoid additional expenses. For this reason, we have made a list of the top 10 signs that you need to look out for which will indicate that your siding needs attention:
1. Insect Damage
Vinyl siding protects your house from different outside elements but, unfortunately, it can also shelter wasps, ants, shelter earwigs, bees, termites and other creepy insects. If you see small holes in your siding, this might be a sign that insects have burrowed inside.
Small holes in your siding don’t only just end up reducing carb appeal but can also lead to water damage. Just gently push a screwdriver against the siding to check for termites. If the siding feels soft to you, you may have an insect problem. At this point, you should call an exterminator and start shopping for new exterior siding. You can even get vinyl siding that looks like wood and gives a natural aesthetic and that won’t attract termites.
2. High Bills for Cooling and Heating
You are very likely to have a vinyl siding that needs attention when you start noticing an increase in cooling or heating bills. However, you need to make sure to rule out other factors that can cause this, such as a bad, leaking roof or a lack of insulation on your attic. You can also speak to your neighbors to best check if the vinyl siding is the culprit for your ‘through the roof’ bills. An indication that your wall insulation on the home’s exterior is flawed would be if there are houses with similar structures to yours that have smaller cooling and heating bills.
3. Visible Signs of Damage
You should take out some time every once in a while, to perform a visual inspection of your home’s siding. You can also even take the help of a screwdriver for the inspection. Look for rotting boards or warped sidings and then poke the screwdriver under it and check how solid the layer is. You can also check for loose or cracked siding. However, you don’t need to be alarmed if you find a few boards cracked after a storm because you can replace one or two bad boards without spending a fortune on the entire siding. Always make sure to check underneath the layers and see if there is any damage that you haven’t noticed.
In case you notice that large sections of your existing vinyl siding are visibly damaged, this indicates that you must immediately replace your siding.
4. Siding is Fading Severely
Color fading is not that serious; however, it certainly goes on to show that the vinyl siding ages as everything else does. Even the most expensive sidings have a life expectancy. Some are designed in a way that they would hold colors for longer periods, while some colors fade severely after only a few years. Once you notice that the color of your siding has started to fade a lot since its installment, this might be time to consider replacing it with a new one. Waterproofing and function of your siding also age as color starts to fade.
5. Fungus, Mildew or Mold on the Siding
Any type of growth of fungus, mildew or mold on your siding is an indicator that you should replace your siding to avoid bigger costs down the line. You need to look out for the growth of such things near or at the seams of your home’s siding. If you do notice any such issues, this means that water is being held inside your walls.
Bubbles under your siding are a clear sign that water is being trapped under it, which is a huge red flag. Siding is always supposed to keep moisture away from your interior walls.
7. Loose Wallpaper / Peeling Paint
This may not be too immediately obvious but lose wallpaper and peeling paint are both signs that your home’s siding is fading and that you need to pay attention to it. Moisture can seep underneath the outer layer, with poor siding, which can eventually end up percolating your wallboard.
8. You Keep Repainting Your Home
If you happen to keep applying a new coat of paint to your siding or your house requires frequent painting, this is a sign of aged or damaged vinyl siding. The siding, when it’s good, typically keeps the color and shape for at least eight years. However, if you feel like your house requires painting more frequently, it’s a sign that the existing siding is peeling, chipping or cracking.
9. Higher Resale Value
If you are planning to move to a new location and sell your house, consider changing the aesthetics of the property. Changing your home’s siding comes at a relatively affordable price as compared to other repairs and is one of the best returns on investment. You can even simply want just your house to look its best and getting a new siding is a great way to make it look better.
10. Maintenance is Too Hard
Maintenance of your house can also be a big indicator of when vinyl siding could be replaced. If you feel like you no longer have the time to spend huge amounts of your time or energy to maintain the siding of your house, consider upgrading to vinyl siding that requires lower maintenance.