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Not only is your siding one of the main visual elements of the outside of your home, but it is also a protective barrier for your house from the elements and from nature. Vinyl is the most durable type of siding, but even vinyl siding can go bad.
We’ve put together this guide to help you spot the warning signs that it’s time to replace your home siding. Read on to find out what they are!
1. Cracking, Warping, and Melting
It is important to visually inspect your siding on a regular basis to check for damage. If left untreated, cracks and warping can cause a host of problems for your home. Compromised siding will do a poor job at protecting your home from moisture and insects.
If you find cracked or warped siding, use a screwdriver to poke at the layer underneath the siding. If it feels soft, then you have rot and will need to have the siding replaced.
If you find that your siding has melted in one particular spot, maybe out on your deck or patio, it could be from using your grill. You should place your grill at least 15 feet away from your home in order to not melt your siding and present a safety risk.
2. Blisters or Bubbling
If your siding is blistering or bubbling, this is an indication of trapped water within the siding. This can be a serious issue if not taken care of. Water in your siding can lead to rot, but can also cause cracking and damage as temperatures fluctuate.
3. Fungus, Mold, and Mildew
If you notice anything growing on your siding, this could be a red flag. In some cases, it may be enough to just clean it off, but pay attention to where it is growing and if it returns.
Fungus, mold, and mildew all grow in damp places, and if it is growing on your siding that could indicate that you have a moisture problem. Pay careful attention to the seams of your siding. If you notice growth particularly around the seams, that may mean that moisture is getting through your siding and you should look at getting it replaced.
Hire The Pros to Replace Your Home Siding
If you notice any of these warning signs then it is a good idea to contact professionals to come out and inspect your siding. Siding contractors have experience on their side and know what to look for. The inspection is often free and they will be able to give you an estimate based on what they find.
Replacing Your Siding Can Save You Money in the Long Run
Though no one likes to bite the bullet and make major home renovations, ignoring siding issues will only lead to more headaches and expenses. Compromised siding can result in water damage, bug infestation and damage, and more. So replacing it today will save you money in the long run.
While the contractors work to replace your home siding, why don’t you and your significant other get out of the house and go on a date! Check out this article for some fun date ideas!