3 Signs That You May Need To Replace Your Siding

Do you have siding around the exterior of your home? Have you wondered when it should be replaced? There's no absolute correct answer for every house. Siding replacement often depends on the siding's exposure to the elements. Siding on a house that is mostly shaded and doesn't get much rainfall could last much longer than siding on a house that's right in the sun and gets lots of rainfall. Each situation is unique. There are some sings you can look for, though, to tell whether it may be time to consider replacement. Here are three of the biggest signs:

Your energy costs are sky-high. Does it seem like it only gets more and more expensive to heat and cool your home? You may just write it off to increasing energy costs. While that may be partially true, your siding could be an even bigger reason. Your siding may be cracked, warped, or loose, which is allowing outside air to enter your home and allowing your heated or cooled air to escape outside. Even if your home is insulated, it's still very possible that outside air can sneak through. This is especially true if you have multiple damage points in the siding around your home.

Your indoor paint or wallpaper is peeling. You may think that your indoor wall coverings are safe from the elements. That's mostly true. However, if you have cracks or warps in your siding, moisture can get in your house and behind your walls. That moisture can cause your paint and wallpaper to peel.

If you don't resolve the problem, you could have an even bigger issue on your hands. If too much moisture gets behind your walls, it could create mold, which has an unpleasant smell and can lead to unsightly stains on your walls. Peeling paint and wallpaper is the first sign of indoor moisture, so it's important to take action.

You have to paint often. Does it seem like your siding fades as soon as you paint it? Quality siding should be able to go many years and perhaps even a decade without new paint. If you're painting frequently, then your siding is probably absorbing too much water. That water breaks down the paint and causes it to fade. You may have a crack or crease that's allowing water in. Or you may just have low-quality siding. In either case, it's only a matter of time before the water gets in your house or threatens your home's structural integrity.

For more information on whether you need new siding, contact a trusted siding expert such as Lassiter Roofing Team. They can examine your siding and recommend the most appropriate solution.