Part of spring cleaning and getting ready for summer is taking inventory of damage and knowing when it’s time for replacement parts on your home. And your siding is one thing that takes a real beating during the winter months. Not only is it your home’s first line of defense against the elements, but it’s also the first feature of your home guests and neighbors experience. Curb appeal and even the value of your home depend on good siding.
What are the signs that your home needs new vinyl siding?
Some spots of damage are obvious, others are not so obvious. Some are more serious and some are cosmetic. There are many ways your siding could be telling you it’s time to get an upgrade and change.
Here are some things to look for on your siding while going through your spring-cleaning checklist. If you spot any of these, it might be time to consider upgrading.
We’ll start with the obvious: cracks or peeling on the panels. If you see siding that’s been cracked, torn, or is peeling away, it’s time to get new siding. It’s a given, but some cracks may not seem so obvious or look that serious. As a rule, any cracking should be a sign of upgrades since it will only get worse and can result in more damage if it is left untreated.
Water Damage Inside
If you can’t spot an obvious crack or tear outside, it doesn’t mean the structural integrity of the siding hasn’t been compromised in ways you can’t see. If your siding seems intact but the inside of your house is showing signs of water damage or even mold build up, look to the siding to see if you can find the weak spot.
High Energy Bills
Another way to spot a silent problem is high energy bills. Perhaps the damage is not so much that you notice water damage inside the home, but vinyl can wear down and when it does it will start to weaken in integrity. The result is higher energy bills as air escapes. Keep an eye on your bills and if they seem exceptionally high for no reason, it might be weakened siding.
What is the Most Cost-Effective Siding?
If you’re looking for cost effective ways to get new siding, a budget saver is always vinyl. It usually goes for about $4/square foot which is half of the $8/square foot you’ll see priced for cedar siding. Metal is the cheapest but lacks the soft look of vinyl and comes with some of its own problems besides. Plus, vinyl siding stands the test of time!
Is Vinyl Better than Brick or Wood?
Vinyl is easier to install and was created to do so. It also is attractive and more affordable than brick or wood. Both brick and wood require more upkeep and are more costly. Vinyl siding is versatile and can take on the look of wood making it just as aesthetically pleasing without the maintenance. Although brick is most durable, it is significantly more expensive as well as intensive to install.
It’s time to get things upgraded and fixed with a new season on the rise. Take a look at your home and see what you need to upgrade and renovate to make your home the best it can be.
Home siding contractors, 180 Contracting has helped countless residents throughout Michigan with the repair and new siding installation. Our vinyl siding replacement or new installation services ensure your home is protected year-round! From energy efficient to decorative accents, we are able to create a custom style that you deserve.
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