Siding is exposed to the same conditions as the roofing system, so it only follows that it will need to be replaced at some point in the future. Here are the signs that indicate your home needs new siding.
Signs of Damage
Damage to the siding can be caused by impact from hailstones, tree branches or airborne debris. Minor damage, such as scratches and scraped paint or finish, can be repaired. However, holes, cracks and entire missing boards are indicative of widespread damage, which may require replacement sooner rather than later on in its lifespan. When choosing your new siding material, ask your siding contractor about options with better impact resistance.
Dry rot is caused by a type of fungal growth that consumes wood cells while growing tiny white strands into the wood, resulting in cracking and crumbling. The term “dry rot” is used to describe how the wood seems to rot without an apparent source of moisture.
If you must use wood shake siding, make sure the wood is treated for moisture resistance. Natural wood siding has high maintenance requirements, which means you have to perform regular inspections and reapply waterproofing as needed. Alternatively, consider vinyl or composite siding, both of which are resistant to dry rot and have low maintenance requirements.
Natural wood and “unfinished” manufactured siding typically need a fresh coat of paint every three years or so. If your siding starts forming cracks and blisters within a year’s time, it means the siding has been scraped and repainted too often to the point where paint won’t stick to its surface, even with proper primer. Siding with molded-in or factory-applied colors – vinyl and fiber cement siding, respectively – are a great option as they require virtually no repainting and are easy to keep clean.
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