The outside of your home is the first thing your visitors notice. Your siding speaks about who you are as a homeowner. Although siding is designed to be tough, it is not indestructible. Eventually siding wears out and can lead to higher heating and cooling bills.

Unlike painting, siding is something you commit to for many years. By making the right decision in terms of material and color, you will be making a decision that you face every time you pull into your driveway.

Read the following tips to determine when it’s time to replace your home’s siding:

  • Cracked or damaged panels. Although this is never good for appearance, it actually can allow moisture to seep through the siding and damage your home. This can be very costly problem for your interior and exterior walls.
  • Wind damage. Months of being battered by wind can be tough on some siding. Wind damage to siding can be more severe than it looks. Serious winds can work their way through the paneling, eventually pulling the paneling away from your home. High winds are a common problem in destroying vinyl siding. If the siding appears to be pulling away from your house, it needs to be replaced. High storms have a big impact on the deterioration of your siding and can escalate your heating and cooling bills if the siding is inadequate.
  • Rotting mildew and mold. Siding and spaces between panels begin to rot over time due to weather conditions. Dry rot is not always visible. If you poke the layer underneath your siding with a screwdriver and it feels soft, this is a telltale sign of rotting siding. Mildew and mold can be toxic to you and your family.
  • Peeling paint or sagging wallpaper. This may be signs of aged siding allowing moisture to seep into your interior walls. This can cause a bigger problem inside your home than replacing exterior siding, so address this promptly.

Siding can last a long time, but it detracts from your homes curb appeal if it is outdated and out of shape. If your siding feels rotted at all, it’s time to replace it. Among the benefits of appearance, insulated vinyl siding can save you money on energy costs. Relax and enjoy being outdoors this fall with your home’s new siding.

For questions about your home’s siding, contact Power HRG today at 888-REMODEL.