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The single biggest change you can make to the exterior of your home is updating your siding. Because of the surface area and the skill set needed to install it, this home improvement is a substantial investment. It’s understandable that any cost conscious homeowner would want to make certain that this update is being done out of necessity.
If you’re not sure if it’s the right time, here are 12 of the best reasons to get this project started.
1. Bubbling or Blistered
This can happen when siding is exposed to excessive amounts of heat or moisture. If they weren’t there when it was installed, it shouldn’t be there now. Replace affected areas of the siding and work with a reputable siding contractor to identify the cause and prevent it from happening again.
2. Hail Damage
Chipping, denting and cracking are all evidence that your home’s siding has been damaged by hail. Because hail oftentimes limits the ability of siding to properly act as a protective barrier against nature’s elements, it is a good idea to replace it once it shows hail damage.
3. Outdated Color
If you can give directions to your home based solely on the color, it’s time for a change. An obnoxious color can be a source of embarrassment and if it’s bad enough, it can actually hinder your ability to sell your home.
4. Wildlife Damage
Take back your home from woodpeckers, squirrels and insects such as termites by replacing damaged wood siding with a maintenance-free product.
5. Dry Rot
This fungus is fueled by moisture and causes wood to decompose. Besides being unsightly, dry rot weakens siding, preventing it from protecting your home against mother nature.
6. You Have a New Addition
Clearly, a new addition requires siding. Consult with a quality contractor to see if your entire home needs to be resided or just the new addition.
Cracked siding is an invitation for water to penetrate the underlayment. Over time, this problem can become more serious. If it’s only a few pieces with this issue, simply replace those. However, if it’s several areas around the entire house, you need consider replacing all of it.
There are a lot of reasons that siding may loosen such as shoddy installation, wind damage and the home may be settling. Regardless of the specifics behind it, loose siding cannot properly protect a home and should be addressed.
9. You’re Sick of Staining
Continuously having to paint and stain your home’s exterior can be a real pain. Adding insult to injury is the cost. Why not put your hard earned money towards a more long-term solution?
10. Your Energy Costs are Out of Control
Exorbitant energy costs can be compelling evidence that your home’s insulation is lacking. Not only is insulation found in your attic, but also in your home’s walls. In fact, there are new house wrap products on the market that now can insulate your home.
11. Interior paint and wallpaper are peeling
If this happens in your home, it can demonstrate that your siding is in permitting moisture. Ignore this problem and experience more widespread issues later.
12. Extreme Fading
Not only is it an eyesore, but it also shows that siding is weaker than it should be and that it has reached the end of its lifespan.