Your home’s outward appearance depends a lot on several factors. So while landscaping, flowers, and overall curb appeal keep your exterior looking beautiful, none of those aspects are as important to keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter like your vinyl or aluminum siding.
But what happens as time wears on, and siding repair becomes imminent? Further, do you know when it’s time to repair or replace the vinyl or aluminum siding on your home?
We know, replacing your home’s siding is likely not high up on your home repair “to do” list, but when the warning signs are evident, repairing or replacing your siding may help you more than you know.
In this post, we’ll cover some aspects of siding repair, and discuss the factors for when your siding needs replaced altogether.
1. Peels and cracks.
Not only do peels and cracks tarnish the beauty of your home, they are also an indicator that your siding needs help quick. If you see chalky residue, faded coloring, or an overall cracking in your siding, it’s a sign that water and air will penetrate into your home sooner rather than later. It’s a surefire sign that something more is going on behind the scenes, and that you need a professional’s assistance.
2. Recurrent painting.
If it seems like you just painted your home less than 6 years ago, and it needs painted again, there is likely something wrong with your siding. Siding should hold paint for at least 10 years or more before fading. Anything less, and you might need siding repair.
Not only is it an eyesore, it’s also a call for help. Buckled or warped siding are signs that water has infiltrated, and could soon work its way inside your home’s interior. Further, when left alone, moisture can cause mold and mildew issues, which is a problem that you absolutely do not want.
4. Interior moisture.
Some moisture problems are easily attributable. While others are directly related to siding problems. If you notice wetness or moisture on your interior walls, or wallpaper and paint peeling off, this means that moisture has found entry, and you need to contact an NJ siding repair professional right away to secure the problem and mitigate the issue.
5. Loose siding.
It’s possible that a loose piece of siding isn’t a sign that something worse is happening (perhaps damage from a storm), and can easily be reattached. But if slats or boards are dropping off all around your home, it’s an obvious sign that your siding needs an expert.
6. Exorbitant heating and cooling bills.
If you have noticed a gradual increase in your heating and cooling costs over the past few years, and they have nothing to do with rate hikes, your siding and insulation are no longer working as intended. An expert needs to look at your insulation and ensure that it isn’t in disrepair. New insulation stops leaks and seals off drafts before they can find entry into your home.
7. Holes in siding.
A few small holes might not seem like the end of the world, but ask any expert their opinion and you’ll find that even the smallest of holes can lead to the biggest problems. Holes, no matter how they might have gotten there, are invitations for insects and moisture. It’s best to fix any holes that you find so that future costly repairs are mitigated immediately.
Siding does more than add aesthetic beauty to your home. It is also there to stop external elements from becoming an interior problem, while keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Further, while repairing siding might appear simple in scope, the truth is the process can be quite involved. Not to mention the many other problems that might pop up which, if you are unaware of, you may not know how to handle.
It’s for this reason that we always recommend working with an expert in the field. That way, you can rest assured that the job is done right, and you’ll have peace of mind that it’ll stay that way for a long time to come.
For all of your questions or concerns, please contact us any time. We provide free estimates for any of the services that we offer.