If your siding is cracking, peeling, or falling apart, it may be time to replace it. The warning signs aren’t always that obvious though. There may be issues lurking below the surface that you haven’t discovered yet. When does siding need to be replaced? We’ll explain what to look for in this helpful guide from McLean Roofing and Siding.
Signs Your Siding Needs to Be Replaced
Here are some common signs of rot and damage that indicate your siding needs to be replaced:
- Warped siding: If your siding looks wavy and warped, it needs to be replaced. This happens to certain siding materials over time because of weather exposure. Make sure it’s not just the outer layer of paint that’s warping. If it’s the siding itself, it’s time for something new.
- Soft siding: If you poke your siding with a screwdriver, does it easily pierce the surface? Your siding should be strong and solid. If it’s soft, that’s a sign of rot and an indicator that you need to replace the siding.
- Split and cracked siding: If your siding is noticeably cracked and split, it’s probably time to replace it. You may be able to replace a section of the siding, rather than re-siding the entire house. Your siding inspector can assess the damage during your consultation.
- Molded siding: Mold, fungus and algae that you can see on the surface is a sign of a much deeper issue. There may be moisture trapped under the siding that will only get worse over time. At minimum, you need to have the mold remediated and repair the root cause of the growth.
- Damaged siding: If your siding recently went through storm damage or some form of impact, you should repair or replace it. These repairs may be covered by insurance, depending on the nature of the damage.
- Increased utility bills: If your utility bills have spiked unexpectedly, inefficient siding could be the culprit. You could also be dealing with an inefficient HVAC unit, improper insulation, and other factors. Consider all the potential causes of high utility bills before deciding to replace your siding.
How Long Does Siding Last?
The durability of siding depends on the type of material it is made from, how well it has been maintained, the climate in your area, and other factors. Some siding needs to be replaced every 20-40 years. Other siding may last 80 years or more. This information can help you determine when siding needs to be replaced. Learn more: “How Long Does Siding Last?”
Get a Siding Inspection from McLean Roofing and Siding
The best way to determine if your siding needs to be replaced is to get a professional inspection. The siding installers at McLean Roofing and Siding are here to assist you. We offer siding replacement and siding installation in Oakland County and Macomb County MI. For over 50 years, our roofing and siding company has proudly served homes and businesses throughout the Detroit Metro. Contact us at (248) 524-1111 to schedule an in-person consultation.