If your home's vinyl siding is getting older, replacing it can give your home an entirely new look. To help, below are some signs it should be replaced, as well as information about different types of siding available for you.
When to Replace Siding
Walk around your home and inspect the siding and look for things like bulging and warping. This can happen if there are any type of openings in the siding and rain gets behind it. If not taken care of, the water could then cause structural damage to the walls behind the siding. If you see only a few parts of the siding with this damage, these can be replaced. If the damage is more widespread, however, you should replace all the siding on your home.
Another sign you should replace the siding is seeing cracks. If there are cracks, moisture can get behind the siding which will cause mold to grow. This attracts pests that will then get into your home. If there is mold, the mold spores can get into your home. Water can cause damage to the foundation also.
Vinyl siding can melt if the sun shines on the siding a lot each day. Melting will cause the siding to degrade and eventually start cracking.
If you notice the color of your siding is fading, this can result in problems with aesthetics. Fading or discoloring means there is some type of moisture damage to the siding. You may also see the paint peeling.
Types of Siding
You will see many homes with vinyl siding so you could simply have new vinyl siding put on your home. There is also insulated vinyl siding that offers more insulation for your home, which can help reduce energy bills.
Metal siding is available and is a durable option. This type of siding holds up well to weather conditions, such as if you often get storms in your area or a lot of snow and ice buildup. Adding a metal roof along with the siding can give your entire home a new look.
Brick siding is also available and is a durable option. Brick is beneficial because you won't have to worry about repainting the brick, it will not fade, and has low maintenance. Brick can increase the value of your home if you plan to sell in the future.
Talk with a siding installation contractor to learn much more about the different types of siding available.