When To Replace Siding: 10 Things To Look For

Posted on: April 30, 2020

Like roofing, many siding materials will need to be replaced a few times during the lifetime of your house.

There are some types of siding, such as stucco, that can last for more than 50 years. However, most common types of siding, such as cedar, aluminum or metal, and vinyl have an average lifespan of about 30 years.

Some cheaper versions obviously won’t last quite as long in climates where severe weather is typical.

Today we’re going to look at 10 signs that your siding is ready to be replaced.

1. Dry Rot

The first thing you should look for, especially with older homes, is dry rot. There are some specific things you can look for if you suspect dry rot.

Look for texture changes, brittleness in wood, and fluffy white patches that can spread across your siding. Unfortunately, there is no way to treat dry rot, so you’ll have to replace your siding if this is the case.

2. The Need to Repaint too Often

It’s not uncommon to paint your house every 10 or so years—especially if you’re wanting to keep the paint colors looking fresh. But, in some cases, you’ll notice the paint peeling away from the siding and aging within 5-7 years or less.

This is a direct cause of old and worn siding. As the siding ages, the paint won’t adhere to the surface well, and in turn, you’ll need to pain much more frequently.

3. Warped or Wet Rot

If you walk along your house and notice bulges in the siding or significant shifts in the structural character, your siding has most likely become warped due to wet rot.

This is an extremely unfortunate event, as siding is meant to keep water away from your home. In most situations, wet rot is caused by storm damage or an unusually damp climate. In other instances, it can begin to happen if the siding get’s too old and is no longer able to keep the water out.

Be sure to quickly replace any wet rot as it can spread deeper into your home and damage the structural integrity, which in turn will cost much more than new siding.

4. Loose or Cracked Siding

Cracked siding isn’t too difficult to spot. When your siding is cracked, there is a higher chance of water damage and moisture build-up, which will cause rot. Sometimes these cracks will allow enough moisture that the siding then will become loose.

Fixing cracked siding panels will help with your homes curb appeal and keep you and your family better protected from water damage.

5. Moisture Indoors

One of the main jobs of siding is keeping what’s outside, outside. Especially all of the rainwater and other moisture. If you have condensation built up indoors, it can be caused by bad or old siding that can no longer keep out moisture.

If you notice an exterior wall or ceiling with unusual signs of moisture, be sure to call a professional to take a look at it and determine if the siding is the cause. We’d be more than happy to take a look, reach out to us here!

6. Holes in the Siding

Insects and birds can become real pests when it comes to siding. As your siding ages and some of the inhibitors such as paint or stain fade away, you can expect these critters to attempt to get into your siding. And after small insects get in, birds will be next as they seek to find their next snack.

Look for these holes as a sign that your siding is getting old and is ready to be replaced.

7. Fading in the Color

If your siding begins to fade, it can be a sign that the waterproofing has come close to the end of its lifetime. This makes for a great time to look into replacing your siding.

The advantage of finding faded siding is that you might not have any problems yet, and you’ll be able to get your new siding on before you have to worry about any water damage.

8. Bubbling

Bubbling can be caused by moisture and sometimes by the sun as well. Bubbling is common sometimes before the siding starts to peel. If you’re able to catch bubbling before it changes to peeling, you’ll be able to keep your curb appeal in tip-top shape.

9. Getting Ready to Move?

While it’s not something that you can spot based on damage, it might be a good idea to upgrade your siding if you’re getting ready to move. Siding, like roofing, can dramatically add value to your home.

It’s a significant advantage to buyers when they’re able to be sure that they won’t need to upgrade or have the siding done within the first 10 or more years of purchasing a home. This cuts out a lot of risk for buyers and will definitely help you to sell your home more quickly.

10. Weather Damage

Finally, weather damage can be one of the leading causes of most of these problems. That’s why it’s essential to be able to spot it before too much damage is done.

There are a lot of visual things that can show you if there is any storm damage. Sometimes in the form of dented or broken siding pieces. And other times, whole pieces of siding can be torn off by the wind. Be sure to check your home after every major storm.

We hope that you’ve found this post helpful and that if you require new siding, that you would turn to WISA. We’re here for you and truly value our customers. You can contact us for a free consultation or give us a call with any questions you might have about our process.

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