If you have invested in siding for your home or perhaps you purchased a home that already had siding installed, you’ll want to make sure it is always in top condition. Siding can do a lot for the look and feel of a house and siding can also help to protect a house from damage like weather, insects and more. Though siding can provide a lot of benefits, it is not completely impervious to damage. There are many ways that siding may be damaged beyond repair and in these instances, it’s important to explore the option of siding replacement. Siding can be damaged in the following ways
- Certain types of siding, particularly wood, are much more susceptible to damage like mold, rot and insect infestation including termites. This can be especially frustrating because it can easily destroy expensive wood siding. If a home does have wood siding that gets damaged, it may need to be replaced completely and likely with a different material.
- While siding can protect a house from the elements, not all types of siding are good in all types of weather. For example, vinyl siding doesn’t stand up well to high wind, so if you live in a particularly windy area, you may find that vinyl siding needs replacement if it is damaged by wind.
- Wood siding needs regular sealing in order to be effective, so if any type of wood siding on a home hasn’t been consistently sealed, chances are you will need to repair or replace it. Again, this may be a reason not to use wood siding if the option exists.
- Steel siding can be popular for a more modern aesthetic and for the most part, is pretty durable. It’s immune to insects and holds up in extreme weather conditions, making it extremely low maintenance, however it dents quickly and can also rust, which doesn’t look very good. Rusted or dented siding may need to be repaired or replaced.
- Liquid siding, which is usually spray on vinyl, is an easy, effective option because it provides insulation and rich color, however, if moisture gets stuck behind the layer, it can easily mold. Molded siding is a common reason for replacement and generally occurs if the siding hasn’t been applied correctly by professionals like those at Lifetime Windows and Siding.
- Those who live in very dry climates may have fiber cement siding which is a heavy, fire resistant material. While it is extremely durable, it can also crack while a newly built house settles into its foundation, meaning it could need replacement or repair early on in its life span.
There are many reasons that siding may need to be repaired or replaced, but generally these reasons come from poor installation at the beginning. Avoid these types of issues by working with professionals to ensure your installation is done correctly, that way, if your siding does succumb to something like extreme weather or fire, you will have a warranty that will help you bounce back and replace your siding.