When it comes to both the protection and value of your home, few elements are more important than the siding that covers much of their exterior. Homeowners should be thinking about their siding and its quality on a regular basis, including knowing some of the signs that their siding might be wearing down and could require replacement.
At Becker’s, we’re happy to offer a huge range of siding services and products, from vinyl siding through stucco siding, wood siding and several other options. We’ve assisted numerous clients with understanding the signs that their siding might require replacement — this two-part blog series will go over a number of the top indicators here, plus what you should do if you notice them.
Cracking, Warping or Rotting
In some cases, the signs of siding disrepair will be obvious to the naked eye. Cracking, warping or rotting wood is generally a sign that the siding needs to be replaced as soon as possible, as the integrity of the home’s exterior is at risk.
Even if these cracks or warped areas are relatively small, they’re only going to worsen and become a bigger problem if not tended to. And of course, any rotting sections should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid structural damage to the home.
Mold or Other Fungus
One of the key roles of siding is to prevent moisture from making its way into the home. If you start to notice mold or fungus growing on your siding, it’s a clear sign that the barrier is no longer working properly and needs to be replaced. In particular, you may notice mold near the seams of your siding, where moisture has been able to sneak through gaps.
Mold can also be a health hazard, so it’s important to address any signs of mold as soon as possible. And if you have any concerns that the mold may have infiltrated the home’s interior, it’s always best to call in a professional for testing and remediation.
Blisters or Bubbles
In other cases, you may notice that the siding is starting to blister or bubble. This is often a sign that water has become trapped within the siding, potentially leading to rotting or structural damage down the line.
If you notice blisters or bubbles on your siding, it’s important to address them as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the problem is going to get — and you may even end up needing to replace the entire siding panel if the damage is bad enough.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your siding, don’t hesitate to contact Becker’s Chimney and Roofing Services for a free consultation. We’ll be able to assess the damage and recommend the best course of action, whether that’s repairing or replacing the siding.