Taking Care of Your Home
Owning a home comes with many responsibilities. In addition to the mortgage payment, insurance, and utilities, there is maintenance and general upkeep to take care of. From the HVAC filter and smoke alarm batteries being changed every 30 days, the landscaping, yard work, plumbing, and electricity. Then there is making sure the roof and siding are in good condition.
Knowing when to get a new roof is usually pretty obvious, especially if you’re experiencing leaks! But what about knowing when your home needs new siding installation? How do you know when to replace your siding, are there indications that you should watch for? Here are 6 signs that it is time for new siding installation:
Yes, you may have aluminum or vinyl siding, and they will not rot, however, the wood under them can and will. Once water seeps in underneath the siding, no matter how small, it will develop fungus, mold, mildew, and begin to rot. In some cases, the siding will crack, but if it doesn’t you may not realize you have wood rot. Poke in the areas that are likely to have water seepage, like around the gutters.
Moisture on the Interior
When moisture seeps in behind the vinyl siding, it can manifest inside the house too, indicating a problem with water leaking around the siding. You may notice interior paint peeling or mold on the walls.
Cracked or Loose Siding
This is typical wear and tear from aging, or from baseballs and hailstones. Even from the lawnmower throwing rocks and the hot summer sun.
Buckling or Warped Siding
As the ground settles under your house, the house will settle too. This happens as the ground goes from dry to wet and back to dry, and as the temperature changes, vinyl siding will contract and expand. A professional siding installation will account for the contraction and expansion and install the material to go with that movement.
Holes in the Siding
Holes along the bottom or under the roofline are typically from small critters and insects creating a shelter where they can nest. This includes house-eating insects like carpenter ants and carpenter bees, beetles, termites, mice, rats, and squirrels. These “drill” or gnaw their way through anything if they think there is food nearby.
Increased Heating and Cooling Bills
Utilities are always going to increase, but if you have done everything possible to save on energy costs, like adding insulation and sealing cracks, new windows and added weather-stripping, as well as setting the thermostat, it may be time for new siding installation.
Does siding add value to your home?
Absolutely! A new vinyl siding installation will not only impact the appearance of your home but will also impact the value. Realtors say that a new siding installation increases your home by over 76% with almost $12,000 of the cost recouped from a $16,000 siding job.
What is the cheapest siding to install?
When budget is the main issue, a new vinyl siding installation is the winner, and it is the low cost and good looks that make this the number one choice.
The cost for a vinyl siding installation job will vary from contractor to contractor, but the average cost per square foot is $5 or less. The cheaper the vinyl product, the lower the cost, but there are brands out there that have an inexpensive line that is still of good quality. The thinner the siding, the more likely you’ll have problems with it cracking and sagging. Then replacing it can be costly.
What is the easiest siding to install?
Again, a new vinyl siding installation job is the winner! Compared to other siding materials, vinyl is the easiest to install. It cuts easily, is fast to install, and won’t need painting. What can take the longest time with vinyl, or any type of siding material are the possible repairs of the original wood siding before the new material can be installed.
Can I install siding myself?
Yes, a DIY homeowner that has basic tool knowledge and skills can find several videos online about how to install siding. Is it recommended? No, there is more than just snapping the strips of vinyl on, and by doing it yourself, you lose any chance of warranty and guarantee if there are problems later. A professional siding installation is always recommended.
What is the best color for siding?
It is always going to be a personal choice, but the real estate experts will tell you smaller homes look better in darker hues and larger homes in lighter colors. A large house can be gloomy looking in a dark siding installation, almost imposing upon the neighborhood.
At The End of the Day – Color My World!
What color siding fades the least? If you’re concerned with fading, go with white or any light color. They will fade, but not as noticeable. The darker colors tend to fade faster like browns and dark reds. If your siding is faded, you may consider Painting siding vs siding replacement, which one is better. Refer to our list of indications that a new siding installation is needed at the beginning of this article. If your home doesn’t have any of those criteria, then with proper preparation, painting can bring your siding back to life.