Your home’s siding serves a couple of roles. Though you might not think about your siding too often, those roles are probably the things that spring to your mind: your siding makes your home look nice, and it separates the outside of your home from the inside – aesthetics and functionality.
That means your siding isn’t doing it’s job when it looks bad, or when it lets uninvited guests (animal or elemental) into your home. In those cases, you might want to replace your siding. Let’s take a look at 5 common signs that you might need new siding. In the best case scenarios, your siding may only need to be repaired.
#1 You’re side-eyeing your siding
A visual inspection of your siding can reveal all kinds of problems. You might see rot, bubbles, blistering, warping, lifting, cracks, gaps, holes, fading, or combinations of all of the above. Sometimes, these problems are isolated to a single section of your siding – in these cases, repair might be possible. Other times you’ll see these problems all around your home – and that’s a clear sign that you’ll need to replace your siding.
#2 Water has infiltrated your home
When water starts seeping into your siding, you’ll often see the damage on your interior walls. If you think that’s the case, you need to call for repairs right away – it means the water has made its way through all of your wall’s insulation, and you may have extensive water damage.
#3 Heat is leaking through your siding
This is a tricky one to detect – here’s how it usually happens. You notice your heating bills have been going up, so you get an energy audit to detect weak points in your home’s insulation. That audit reveals that there’s heat leakage coming from your siding. It happens – old siding can start to lift, which allows air to pass through it more easily. This lifting might not always be easy to notice on visual inspection. All this to say – if you’re paying too much for energy, get an energy audit!
#4 You’re tired of doing maintenance
Wood siding can take a lot of work to maintain. Stucco siding, on the other hand, is practically maintenance-free. Time is money, after all, and if you find you’re spending a lot of time doing maintenance on your siding, it may be worth switching to something that’s easier to care for.
#5 You’re selling your house
First impressions matter a lot in real estate, and your home’s siding is going to be the first thing a prospective buyer sees. New siding can help you sell your home more quickly, for more money.
We’re siding contractors in Calgary – and we’ve got our finger on the pulse of the city. We know how important it is to have siding durable enough to last through the rapid melts caused by Chinooks. We know what siding has the best ROI when you’re selling your home. Looking for new siding? Get in touch with us.
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