Your home’s siding is its primary line of defense against pests and harsh weather; it’s like an exterior windbreaker that enables your insulation to keep your home warm in winter and cool during summer. As one of your home’s biggest curb appeal statements, siding not only helps showcase your property but also protects your home’s structural integrity. When your siding is damaged or old, it not only reduces the value of your home, it also leaves it susceptible to damage caused by moisture and other issues.
The best time for siding replacement is not when a serious problem arises, but whenever you notice tell-tale signs of damage on your sidings such as cracking, warping, buckling, sagging, and water damage among other things. Knowing when to call a siding professional and have your siding replaced is something that could potentially save you a lot of money in repairs for damages caused by weakened or damaged siding.
If it’s time to have your siding replaced or checked for damage, get in touch with us at America’s Best Choice for professional siding solutions. Call 678-498-7232 now to learn more about our services and for a free siding replacement estimate.
When Do I Need to Replace the Siding on my Home?
The average homeowner might have a difficult time trying to determine whether the siding needs a deep clean or if it should be replaced. And while different siding materials have different characteristics, there are several tell-tale signs of damage that apply across the board. They include:
Cracked or Loose Siding
This could be a sign of aging or general wear and tear. Given that sidings get pounded by everything from rocks thrown by lawnmowers to baseballs to hail, they are bound to get cracks and dents. Over time, heat and age also weaken them, making them more susceptible to getting damaged. Irrespective of how extensive the damage is, cracked, loose, and broken pieces should be replaced as soon as possible to keep water from seeping through the damaged siding pieces into your insulation.
Faded or Peeling Siding
Flaking, cracking, and fading are all signs of aging and are generally caused by frost and thawing cycles and direct sunlight. Also, if the siding no longer seems to hold onto paint very well, then that’s a sign it is time to remove it and have it replaced.
Rotted or Warped Siding
Rot or warping is generally caused by water damage and affects the integrity of the siding that’s been damaged. If left unchecked, the problem could allow water to seep through to your boards, insulation, and paper underlayment. To determine if your siding has rot damage, poke the area that appears warped with a screwdriver to see if the underlayer is still solid. If it’s not, then that means the siding has rotted.
Holes or Damage
Even the tiniest of holes on your siding should be a cause for concern. Holes in siding are typically caused by insects. The problem with holes is that they make it easier for moisture to get into the sidings, causing them to rot, which leads to a whole other problem.
Mold or Mildew
Any type of growth on your siding, especially near the seams, could be a sign that water has passed through and is within the wall. Pooling water in a confined space creates the perfect conditions for mold, fungus, and mildew to thrive. Growth alone isn’t that big of a deal; however, it is a sign that there’s a lot of moisture within your walls, something that, if left unchecked could lead to serious water damage.
Bubbles in Exterior Paint, Swelling or Water Stains on the Interior
If you notice bubbling on your siding, then that means that there’s water trapped behind the boards, and that’s something you need to address right away to avoid water damage.
A Surge in Your Heating and Cooling Bills
Old or weakened insulation as well as unseen holes and gaps will reveal themselves in the form of increased electric bills each month. To ensure your indoor climate stays constant and to save on bills, make sure you have any worn or damaged sidings replaced before things get worse.
What Are the Different Types of Siding Available on the Market Today?
If you are currently planning on replacing the siding on your home, you will be glad to know that we stock and work with several types of siding. Some of the options we recommend to our customers include:
The good thing about vinyl siding is that it’s resistant to high winds, extreme temperatures, and moisture. Apart from that, it also has a relatively long lifespan that ranges from anywhere between 20 and 40 years. The material can be to look like real wood but is a lot easier to work with and much less expensive than wood. And since vinyl is resistant to most of the things that affect the integrity of other types of siding, it requires very little maintenance.
Aluminum siding requires minimal maintenance, is recyclable, and has a long lifespan. Aluminum siding can last for 30 years, or even longer, with just basic maintenance, which includes cleaning it at least once a year with a pressure washer.
Despite being quite expensive, steel siding is a commonly used siding materials thanks to its durability and is one of few siding materials that can withstand inclement weather without an issue. If properly installed and well maintained, steel siding can last for over 40 years. One problem with steel siding is that it’s prone to rust.
While wood siding has one of the longest lifespans of all siding options, it comes at a cost and that cost is it requires lots of maintenance. However, when maintained, it will serve you for well over 40 years without failing. One thing you need to note about wood siding though is that it has to be inspected routinely for gaps in the finish, cracks in the caulking, holes, and spots of mold and rot. If you discover any issues with your wood siding, you must have it dealt with right away to keep damage from spreading.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement sidings are tougher than wood and require lesser attention and maintenance. Unlike wood siding, fiber cement is flame-resistant, non-combustible, water-resistant, and termite resistant. Warranties against defects on fiber cement siding generally run for 50 years.
Why Choose America’s Best Choice asYour Siding Replacement Contractor?
At America’s Best Choice, we believe that our customers deserve to live in beautiful, energy-efficient, and comfortable homes. That is why we made it our goal to ensure we always provide the best siding replacement and siding installation solutions. From high-quality siding materials to a highly skilled and experienced team of technicians, we have everything you need to get your damaged siding replaced fast, efficiently, and affordably.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Working With America’s Best Choice?
There are many reasons to rely on America’s Best Choice as your siding replacement contractor.
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We only recommend products that we believe are best suited for you and leave the decision to you. We are not after selling you our products just to make money. Any siding we recommend is guaranteed to solve your problem and prevent similar issues in the future.
At America’s Best Choice, customer satisfaction is our priority; which explains why we are considered one of the top siding installation and replacement services providers.
Get in Touch With Our Siding Experts for a Free Estimate
Your siding’s lifespan will be determined by several factors including how it was installed, the type of material used, your dedication to maintenance, and the effect mother nature has had on it. If you are looking for a quality siding replacement contractor, consider getting in touch with us at America’s Best Choice for a chance to discuss options that would best suit your needs. Call 678-498-7232 today to schedule a free consultation.