The siding on your home won’t last forever. Just like the furnace, paint, or windows, your siding will likely need an upgrade eventually. The life span of a home’s siding depends on the type — vinyl can last 20 to 40 years, for example. Other materials like wood or fiber cement can provide good durability, although they require more frequent maintenance. In the Pacific Northwest an area where rain and damp conditions are prevalent, you might have to replace your siding sooner.
5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding
While the siding replacement requirements and time frame will vary, several common signs indicate the need for an upgrade. Reasons to consider replacing siding include:
Cracks, Holes, Fading
Cracks and gaps in your siding detract from your home’s curb appeal. Even worse, they could compromise its structural integrity. Vinyl siding is prone to fading, especially in sunny regions. And if you notice holes, it’s often evidence of an animal or insect infestation. Any of these issues can mean that it’s time for a siding replacement.
Water Damage and Mold
Damaged siding can allow water and moisture to infiltrate your home. If you notice mold growing on interior walls or ceilings, check the corresponding area on your home’s exterior and examine the siding’s condition. Mold spreads quickly, so plan a siding replacement as soon as possible if you detect water damage.
Improper siding installation can sometimes cause dry rot in the home’s underlying wood structure. With this condition, moisture penetrates the siding, allowing fungus to grow and eat the wood away. Since dry rot occurs underneath the siding, it’s typically undetectable from the outside. A professional inspection is usually necessary to find the damaged wood.
High Energy Bills
Even if you don’t notice anything different or unusual, it doesn’t necessarily mean your siding is making your home energy-efficient. If your utility bills keep going up, it could indicate that it’s time to install new siding and insulation. If you notice drafts near walls, windows, light switches or electrical receptacles, old, worn siding could be the culprit.
Transform the Look and Value of Your Home
Old or damaged siding detracts from your home’s appearance. Replacing siding offers a fast, cost-effective solution that will instantly enhance your home’s curb appeal and make your property stand out. And if you decide to put your house on the market, a siding upgrade enables you to reap financial benefits. Your home will attract more prospective buyers, and you’ll be able to increase your asking price.
Renew by Grace Point Can Replace Your Home’s Siding
If you reside in Oregon or Southwest Washington, Renew by Grace Point can install beautiful, durable siding on your home. Our talented team of professionals can handle siding replacement projects of any size and deliver work that exceeds your expectations. We work with top manufacturers to provide high-quality products that stand the test of time and yield excellent results throughout their service life.
Contact us to learn more about our full range of residential siding services today!