Siding safeguards your home from the elements such as blistering sun, bitter cold, high winds, and moisture. But over the years, it eventually falls prey to the very threats it was designed to fight off.
Many siding materials last decades when well maintained, but there still comes a time when repairs won’t do the job fully and siding needs to be replaced. The good news is that there are a host of benefits to new siding due to the advances in its makeup.
Before choosing to replace your siding, take time to fully evaluate it and verify it has reached its full lifespan. Here are some things to look for when you inspect it:
What Are the Signs Your Home Needs Siding Replacement?
1. Wood Rot
When siding rots or crumbles, it can no longer serve its top purpose: protecting your home from the elements. If only a small section of your siding is rotted, it can be repaired. But if the rot has spread across your exterior, it’s time to reside your home.
Pro tip: When you choose replacement siding, look for a material that stands up to moisture intrusion.
2. Cracks and Gaps
Holes or gaps in your current siding not only negatively impact your home’s appearance, but they may also compromise its structural integrity. Gaps allow moisture to invade your home, paving the way for insects to infest your dwelling and cause additional damage. Also, water infiltration can lead to unhealthy mold and mildew spreading in your home. To maintain your house’s integrity, it’s vital that damaged siding is replaced.
Pro tip: Avoid the costly damage of moisture intrusion by choosing durable replacement siding like fiber cement.
3. Excessively High Maintenance
Homeowners who have current siding with ultra-high maintenance needs may find themselves tired of the constant upkeep. When you neglect the dreaded, necessary task of keeping wood siding well sealed in order to keep it looking good, your siding may start to deteriorate. Thankfully, there are low-maintenance siding products on the market that can give you your free time back!
Pro tip: Choose long-lasting replacement siding that is so well made, you don’t have to bother with high maintenance.
4. High Utilities Bills
It may seem like a funny place to look, but check your energy bills and notice if they are increasing for no apparent reason. Skyrocketing utilities can be a sure sign it’s time for siding replacement. Are there drafts near your walls or windows, switches, or electrical receptacles? If so, it’s likely time for new, energy-saving siding.
Pro tip: Increase your home’s insulation and lower your utilities bills by replacing your siding.
5. Warped siding
If your siding shows signs of bulging or warping, that’s a warning you have more trouble than you can see. There may be widespread damage below the surface, and the longer you leave it, the more costly and extensive the repairs.
Pro tip: When you spot signs of failing siding, take time to contact three contractors and have your current siding inspected. Get quotes from all three companies on both repair and replacement prices. Weigh the pros and cons of repair vs. replacement, and proceed with the best long-term fit for your needs.
6. Mold and Mildew
When you see water inside your home on ceilings or walls, investigate the same area on your exterior. If your siding is damaged and water is penetrating your home, you likely have mold and mildew—and that’s not a healthy environment for you to live in. Take time to investigate where water may be getting in, and contact skilled professionals to replace your siding.
Pro tip: Don’t dismiss the unsightly water stains you see in your home. Call a contractor and get the problem evaluated.
Why Is Fiber Cement the Best Siding Replacement For Your Home?
Fiber cement is made of cement, sand, and cellulose. This durable combination stands up against weather and looks beautiful for decades! Here are some reasons homeowners choose fiber cement replacement siding:
- Eye-catching curb appeal—Fiber cement siding can mimic the look of a variety of styles (without the maintenance). If you love wood, the thick nature of fiber cement can create the look of wood—so you don’t have to forfeit the aesthetics you desire searching for a low-maintenance siding material.
Fiber cement also comes in traditional lap siding, contemporary vertical siding, and trim—protecting your home from the elements.
- Increased resale value—If you’re planning to move, know that siding replacement gives you an excellent return on investment. Make sure the warranty with your new siding is transferable, as that will give you a great selling point!
- Improved energy efficiency—Save on utilities consistently with energy-efficient fiber cement siding.
- Considerably low maintenance—The makeup of fiber cement keeps weather elements at bay, so you can enjoy the low maintenance exterior you desire.
What Is the Most Popular Fiber Cement Manufacturer?
Hands down, James Hardie is the most widely used manufacturer of fiber cement. Covering over 8 million homes in America, you can trust the track record of success this reliable brand has.
Why Is a Certified James Hardie Contractor Important?
When you choose Hardie siding, it’s vital that you have it installed by a James Hardie Preferred contractor. Here’s why:
- They are trained to install your siding according to the manufacturer’s best practices.
- Your 30-year warranty will be honored.
- You’ll enjoy up to 50 years of durable siding.
Exceptional Siding Installation
At Safe Harbor, as a James Hardie Certified Contractor, we follow their strict guidelines on installation so you get the best long-term siding performance.
Take a moment to learn more about fiber cement siding.