Although appearance is an important aspect to boost your home’s curb appeal, if the siding on your house shows signs of rot, it is important to address the root of the issue before making any aesthetic changes. In this blog post, we will discuss the 5 signs a contractor will look for, or ask about your property to determine if your siding needs replacement.
According to the Survey or Construction data, U.S. Census Bureau and Housing and Urban Development Department, 16% of New England single family homes have wood siding compared to 72% having vinyl siding. Both wood and vinyl siding are prone to rot. (Whereas, composite siding is waterproof, and is therefore resistant to rot). Rot is formed by being exposed to prolonged moisture, which is a perfectly un-perfect breeding ground for mold and fungi. This combination eventually leads to rot which one of our estimators or general contractors can easily spot.
There are a number of reasons leading to the cause of warping on the siding of your home. It is important to call an expert to ensure these matters are handled properly. Some of these aspects include the following. When sunlight comes in contact with vinyl siding for an increased period of time, the risk of warping is heightened. Additionally, if the nails were improperly installed, it will not allow the vinyl to expand correctly during weather changes.
Depending on the material and proper maintenance, siding should be replaced every 20-60 years. It is important to note that as the construction industry has evolved, so has the durability and accessibility of various types of siding. For example composite siding, which is made from scrap wood that’s compressed and bonded together with resins. This material can mimic the look of vinyl or wood and can last to up to 100 years! If you are unsure of the longevity of your current or future siding, one of our experts will be sure to make a note of it in your estimate.
Mold growth can appear due to contact with moisture and lack of light. Mold comes in various colors and appears fuzzy or slimy. Mold can also be identified due to its foul smell. Spots of mold on the exterior portion of the siding does not necessarily require a total replacement just yet. However, if there is mold under the siding panels, replacement is most likely necessary. Overall, mold is not only a detriment to the siding of your house, but can also cause health issues. It is best for a well-trained contractor to take a look.