Owning a home is a rewarding experience. Aside from the pride associated with ownership, it’s comforting to know that you’re in control of all aspects in and around your home. That includes everything from interior décor to various property enhancement solutions that spruce up the outside.
Still, it’s not always easy to gauge when materials must be replaced. In some cases, homeowners are surprised and shocked when they suddenly become shouldered with necessary repairs that can be costly and time-consuming. It doesn’t have to be that way.
By recognizing signs of required siding maintenance and replacement, you’ll never be caught off guard again. Here’s how to get started:
1) Visual Cues
Life is busy, and we don’t always have time to walk around the house and inspect every detail. Still, it’s important to be aware of potentially-serious situations in and around your home.
For instance, if you notice your existing siding is warped or rotted, this is a sign that replacement is necessary. In wood siding, cracked or loose boards should be immediately addressed. In addition, even small holes might be an indication that insects have invaded your home.
Fading is also a tell-tale sign that replacement is imminent. While some fading is natural, when the outside of your home appears to have several different tones, this might suggest the siding’s waterproofing capabilities have reached an end.
Inside your home, if you observe loose wallpaper or peeling paint, this could be a sign that moisture from outside has seeped past the exterior siding.
Also, if you notice the growth of mildew, fungus, or mold anywhere on your siding (this typically occurs around the seams), that could be an indication that water is passing through the siding. This creates the potential for serious health risk. In this case, it’s essential to contact a reputable professional to replace the siding.
2) Constant Maintenance and Increased Utility Bills
While, as mentioned, regular upkeep is normal for any part of your property, excessive care might be a sign of a larger problem. For instance, if you continually have to repaint your home’s exterior every few years, faulty siding could be the culprit. In most cases, siding will retain its shape and color for eight to ten years.
By contrast, high-quality aluminum Florida vinyl siding never requires repainting. Sturdy and durable, this material can withstand even the harshest Florida elements. That’s why more homeowners choose this resilient and long-lasting option.
Though there could be many factors that cause high utility bills, damaged siding is certainly one of them. Once you’ve ensured there are no leaks from windows and doors, and the integrity of your roof is solid, the siding of your home could be responsible for skyrocketing climate control costs.
That’s because low-grade wall insulation — coupled with inferior siding — creates improper air flow, particularly at the seams. If you notice you’re suddenly paying a lot more for air conditioning, it’s wise to contact a skilled and qualified professional. It might be time to replace your home’s siding.
3) Something Feels Off
While any home improvement project should be approached with a clear plan and understanding of requirements, it’s also wise to recognize bonus items that you might not have previously considered.
For example, high-quality aluminum vinyl siding is naturally water and rust-resistant. In addition, you’ll never have to paint. Unlike wood, this option doesn’t require regular treatment. Also, this material is immune to woodpeckers and other pests that can cause extensive damage.
White Aluminum offers a variety of siding colors, styles, and grades. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members are always glad to answer any questions you may have. That commitment to a stellar customer experience is part of the reason why we’ve been a trusted resource across the Sunshine State for more than six decades.
We also offer a variety of other products, including Florida screen enclosures, louvered roof systems, PGT windows, roof overs, retractable screen systems, and much more. Contact us today to learn more about we can help make your property shine.