Tell-Tale Signs that You Need to Replace Your Vinyl Siding
At America’s Window, we are experts in many aspects of home improvement, including siding. Having durable, well-installed vinyl siding on your home is very important to the curb appeal, protection, and energy efficiency of your home. Therefore, it is very important to keep an eye on your siding to make sure it is able to perform to its fullest potential. If you begin to notice any of the following problems with your siding, then it’s a good idea to contact us so we can determine the best options for your home.
Signs of Faltering Siding:
- Rotting or Warping: Rotted or warped siding can be seen upon a visual inspection. If you notice a deformation of this type with your siding, poke under it to see how solid the layer underneath is. If this layer has become soft or begun to rot, then immediate siding replacement is necessary.
- Cracked or Loose: Having cracked or loose siding can lead to serious damage to the layers beneath it. Allowing water to seep in, siding with this issue leads to wood rot. Any pieces of siding that show signs of cracking, breaking, or being loose need immediate replacement.
- Interior Paint Peel or Loose Wallpaper: Though not overtly obvious, if your home’s interior has peeling paint or loose wallpaper, it could mean that your siding is allowing moisture to find its way underneath. This moisture then seeps through the wallboard, which causes damage.
- Fungus, Mildew, or Mold: If you find any of these present around your siding’s seams, it may indicate that water has penetrated the siding and is holding inside the wall. This is definitely a cause for further investigation, preferably from a professional.
- Bubbled Siding: This is almost a sure sign that water has become trapped underneath your siding. If you notice bubbling in your siding, then immediate action is called for.
- Holes in Siding: Holes in your siding typically signal that insects have gotten into or completely through it. This is problematic because insects cause damage on their own, and the holes are an easy way for moisture to get underneath your siding, which leads to wood rot.
- Wood Rot: Wood rot is the primary thing that siding is supposed to protect against. It occurs to the wooden components typically found beneath your siding if any of the above issues are present. You can notice wood rot from discoloration or weak structural integrity.