Is the siding on your Edmonton home cracked, fading, or even leaking moisture into your home? Replacing a home’s siding may not be at the top of most homeowner’s to-do lists unless there is a specific and urgent problem.
The Edmonton roofers A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP understand that there are specific things that you – the homeowner – should look for in determining whether a home’s siding needs replacement. While upgrading your vinyl, steel, or aluminum siding can improve your home’s curb appeal while increasing its value, to help you make the right choice, here are ten sure-fire signs that a home’s siding needs attention before potentially catastrophic damage takes place.
Need for frequent painting – home siding should keep its shape and keep its color for at least 8-10 years, if not longer. Siding that is chipping, pealing, or cracking is an indication that there is a fundamental problem and that the siding needs replacement.
High heating and cooling bills – poorly performing siding and low grade wall insulation can be a prime cause for excess heating and cooling bills.
Rotting or warping – use a screwdriver to inspect under any siding that has warped to discover how solid the under layer is and if the layer under a home’s siding has begun to rot or become soft, that is a sure sign that the home’s siding is due for immediate replacement.
Cracked or loose siding – if large numbers of siding pieces are loose or cracking, this can indicate severe problems that may require professional services. Otherwise, water may seep behind those pieces of siding and potentially cause severe and potentially costly problems down the line.
Peeling paint or loose wallpaper inside the home – this can be symptomatic of faulty siding that has allowed moisture to seep through wallboard that will eventually cause significant damage to your home.
Fungus, mold, or mildew – on, at, or near seams in the siding, may indicate that water is penetrating your home’s siding and being held inside the wall requiring further investigation.
Severely faded siding – may not prove that a siding is no longer viable, but it is a good indication to watch for.
Bubbles – are an almost certain indication that water has become trapped under the siding and is an immediate red flag.
Holes – in siding are caused by insects, causing damage and water penetration.
Dry rot – begins below the surface of the siding and eats away the main body of the siding, basically leaving just the top layer of the siding intact. Tapping on the surface of the siding with the handle of a screwdriver will reveal weak spots of dry rot that must be removed immediately and replaced. Extensive dry rot will require the entire home to be re-sided.
If you have questions or concern about your siding, call your Edmonton roofers A. Clark Roofing and Siding LP at 780.465.7571 – we’re the neighbor you can trust for all your roofing and siding needs.