When it comes to choosing home improvement projects to tackle around your home, many homeowners often don’t place the same level of priority on your siding that they should. Your siding is one of the most important surfaces on your home, and unless there is an overt problem that is readily apparent, most homeowners tend to overlook issues with their siding that could be costing them a great deal of extra money and even making their home unsafe. The siding on your home is going to break, wear out, crack, and just get old over time, and by the time it finally starts to leak water inside your home, the damage could already be done. In an effort to help our local customers protect their homes, our team of experienced Denver remodeling contractors here at Christie’s Design Build Remodeling have taken the time to put together this short list detailing some of the more common signs that your siding is due for replacement.
Your Siding Requires Frequent Painting
If your home’s siding is in good condition, the exterior of your home shouldn’t requires repainting for at least 8 to 10 years. If you find that the exterior of your home is in need of new paint every couple of years, it is likely a sign that you have something wrong with your home’s existing siding. Your siding is relatively dependable when it is taken care of properly, and while weather can definitely take its toll, the condition of your siding should last for about a decade or more. If your siding is starting to chip, peel, or crack, it’s time to call in a professional to take a look and make recommendations as to what can be done.
Higher Heating & Cooling Costs
While there are certain times of year that we expect our heating and cooling bills to increase, if you notice that they are going higher than expected, but the outside temperatures haven’t really changed that much, it could be a sign that your existing siding is no longer properly insulating your home. Before you start looking at new siding options, however, you will want to call in a professional and make sure that your siding is in fact the culprit, and you don’t just have issues with your heating or cooling unit. When all other possibilities are crossed out, however, you are definitely going to want to get in touch with a remodeling professional to help you find a quality new siding for your home.
Rotting & Warping
One of the most important things you can do for your home’s siding is to make sure that you take a walk around your home every so often and visually inspect your siding for any signs of damage. If you spot any signs of warping or rotting, you will want to use something somewhat sharp to poke underneath and take stock of the condition of the underlayer. If the underlayer of your siding has started to rot or has become soft as well, it is a surefire sign that you need to start looking around for replacements.
Peeling Paint Or Loose Wallpaper Inside Your Home
While it might not be what you usually expect to see when their are issues with the exterior of your home, you will want to take note if you see any areas inside your home where paint or wallpaper has started to peel as this could indicate that water is getting through the siding of your home somehow. Bad siding will allow moisture to seep in underneath the siding where it will then get into your walls, causing a great deal of damage if you aren’t careful.