High-quality siding not only improves the aesthetics of your home, but it also protects your home from damaging moisture and other hazards. Your siding might last for a surprisingly long time, but it won't last forever. Sooner or later, you'll need to decide if it's time to get rid of your current siding and invest in a newer and more modern replacement.
If you happen to spot any of the following problems, then you should have your home siding replaced as soon as possible.
Wood siding can become susceptible to rot if not taken care of properly. Rotted siding often appears powdery and feels brittle to the touch. Rot can occur near areas where there is concentrated water runoff, which, as a result, are susceptible to water damage. If you have other types of siding, be on the lookout for loose sections that may be hiding rot underneath.
Consider a complete siding replacement if you find significant portions of your siding affected by dry rot.
Warping and Melting
Siding panels can also warp and deform over time, usually due to improper installation, internal defects, or exposure to excess moisture. Vinyl siding can also melt if exposed to temperatures above 165 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods. This can happen if a nearby window reflects enough heat energy to warp and melt vinyl panels. Low-emissivity glass is a common culprit due to its low solar heat-gain coefficient and its high solar reflectance.
If your siding looks like the melted clocks from a Salvador Dali painting, then consider replacing it as soon as possible.
Increased Energy Bills
If you've noticed that your heating and cooling bills have been spiraling out of control this year, don't blame your furnace or air conditioner just yet. Your home's siding also plays a role in keeping your energy costs under control. With your siding intact, your home is less likely to experience heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer.
If you checked your HVAC system and interior insulation and even tracked down cracks and gaps with no change in energy consumption, then you should consider investing in newer and more energy-efficient siding.
Severe hail storms can also do a number on your siding. Such severe weather phenomena can leave behind dents, cracks, and even small holes in siding, depending on the resilience of the siding's material. Once your siding is damaged by hail strikes, its ability to keep your home energy efficient and safe against nature's elements becomes compromised. You should replace your siding as soon as possible if you spot significant hail damage.
End of Warranty
Most siding is designed to withstand the test of time. For instance, most varieties of aluminum siding can last 25 to 40 years depending on quality and upkeep. Vinyl siding can last for up to 60 years, whereas stone and engineered wood can last for a lifetime.
Some siding warranties can be equally as long-lived, while others fall short of your siding's life expectancy. Some manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties for their siding, while others offer warranty coverage as short as 20 years. Changing home ownership can also cut siding warranties short. Some limited lifetime warranties revert to a specific number of years once transferred from one homeowner to another.
Dealing with siding issues outside of its warranty can be expensive. If your siding is no longer covered under its original warranty, then it may be time to replace your siding. You'll enjoy the peace of mind offered by your new siding's warranty coverage, along with all the other benefits that come with installing new siding.
To learn more, contact a company like Solis Roofing Contractors.