A common expectation among homeowners is that they should know when certain parts of their home need to be replaced. As homeowners ourselves, we know this is far from the truth; siding, in particular, does not have a clear-cut indicator of when it should be replaced.
As one of the leading siding providers in the Twin Cities area, Twin Cities Siding Professionals would like to share the things that indicate it’s time to replace your siding.
Your siding is simply too old – Some siding products are better at hiding their age than others, but just because it still looks good doesn’t mean it’s still in good shape. If you’re not sure how old your siding is, do the screwdriver test: take a screwdriver or some other long and pointed tool, and firmly tap and poke some areas. If pieces come loose, then you will need to have your siding replaced soon.
You’re repainting your siding too often – Paint typically starts to chip, peel, or crack at around 5 to 10 years, depending on the kind of paint and siding. If you’re rescheduling repaints much too often—every three years at most—then it means the siding itself is nearing the end of its life span, and will need to be replaced soon. When you choose James Hardie siding, not only does it have a longer life span it also won’t require repainting, ever.
Your energy bill is too high – While there are other potential causes for indoor thermal loss, such as holes in the roof and leaky windows, less-than-optimal siding is a common culprit. Even if it doesn’t look like it’s damaged, you can’t expect optimal performance from old siding. The decrease in energy efficiency translates to bigger energy bills.
You’re finding mold and mildew in the walls – Old siding is more likely to let moisture into your home, increase indoor humidity, and encourage mold and mildew growth. In addition to producing a foul smell, it can also trigger respiratory problems and allergies, especially in small children. You guessed it—you’ll need new siding.
Your home just doesn’t look good – Old and faded siding diminishes your home’s curb appeal, even if it doesn’t exhibit any of the above problems. Even slightly warped siding can make your home look askew and it isn’t likely to win points with your guests and neighbors.
For a good long-term siding solution, consider James Hardie siding. It’s specifically engineered for the local Minnesota climate, and with ColorPlus® technology, you can be confident that you will never have to repaint your siding, ever.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals serve homeowners in and around the Twin Cities area. To know more about our siding repair and replacement services, call us today at (651) 967 0873 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free in-home estimate.