Owners of homes have a duty and responsibility of keeping their homes in good shape. Exterior maintenance is very important and in particular, you should pay utmost attention to the siding.
Importance of siding:
As siding repair will cause you to incur some costs, it is important to know the important role and purpose that the siding plays in your home. Well, the siding improves your home’s outside appeal and also helps it keep it safe and free from the various damaging elements such as insects, humidity, heat and moisture. The siding also prevents escape of heat from your home’s heating system, and thus it helps keep the interior warm all year round including during the cold winter months.
Just like any other part in your home, the siding deteriorates over time. Worse, some of the issues that may warrant costly repairs may not be easily detectable. This is the reason why you should have your home inspected by roofing experts at least once a year. Remember that, just like body illness, when defects and other issues in the siding and generally in your home are identified early, they can be solved effectively and without much cost. When the problem is detected early, sometimes the only option may be installation of new siding and this is usually costly.
The following are the top 5 indicators that your home is in serious need of siding repair.
- Sudden increase in the utility bills:
You may not be aware of it, but the siding affects the overall energy efficiency at your home. Note that the siding, among others, protects the home from exposure to external elements such as moisture. Damage to this barrier makes it easy for the entry of air drafts. A damaged siding is also not capable of properly insulating the home and cannot deflect solar energy, and this means faster loss of energy. In essence, with damaged siding, during winter and summer months, the cooling and heating systems at your home have to run most of the time in order to maintain the desired temperature at home.
- Termite damage or decay:
A siding made of wood is prone to termite damage and decay. When the termites damage the siding, they will enter the interior of the home and can cause further damage.
- Blistering or bubbling of the siding:
A blister or bubble on the siding indicates trapped moisture or exposure to high amounts of heat.
- Peeling paint and cracks on the siding:
The presence of peeling paint and cracks on the siding shows that it has been damaged and is in need of repair. Note that sometimes, these signs may crop up just a few years after the house was painted, especially if something was not done right. All these signs are an indication that there is something wrong going on behind the siding panels. The leading cause of damaged siding is water seeping in to the siding and thereby causing damage. There could also be mold or rotting of the siding, especially if it is made of wood. When these signs are identified, you should call an expert to inspect the home and decide on whether it can be solved by minor repairs or total replacement is the only solution.
- Moisture issues in the home.
When the siding gets damaged, it cannot seal off water from your home. This mean water will sneak in, and this may cause serious moisture damage in the home. When you discover bad smells and mold growth in the home and cannot identify the cause, such as for instance from roof leaks, you need to have the siding inspected as soon as possible. Peeling paint on the walls shows that moisture has entered therein, and this may be due to damaged siding panels.
All the above problems can be solved by siding repair or replacement.