About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
Having your siding replaced is a great way for you to update the look of your home. Along with replacing old windows with newer and more aesthetic ones, painting the exterior, putting on a new roof, and improving the landscape, replacing your siding is another thing you want to do to give your home's exterior a facelift. However, there are many other reasons why you might want to replace the siding, many of which you will be able to learn about here.
The siding needs too much maintenance
Your siding is a part of your home that should normally require very little in the way of maintenance. However, if you find that you need to have the siding fixed more and more, then this is a good sign that you may need to have it replaced. Once you do, you can go back to not needing to worry about it beyond occasionally giving it a blast of water from the high-powered nozzle on your garden hose to clean it.
You find dry rot behind the siding
Dry rot is something that can happen without your knowledge, but you can easily find it by taking a rubber mallet and lightly tapping on the siding. If there is dry rot, then the rotted wood will fall. This rot is caused by a fungus that feeds on the wood, and if it's not taken care of soon enough, then it can cause extensive damage to your home. If there is dry rot, then the siding must be removed, the affected areas need to be tended to, and new siding should be installed.
Large areas of the siding are cracked or loose
If you are finding large sections of your siding that are cracked and/or loose, then you should take this as a sign that it is time for you to replace the siding. When you have siding that is cracked or loose, water will be able to go right behind the siding, and this can lead to a lot of different problems that you will want to avoid.
Your electric bills are higher than expected when the HVAC is on
If you are finding it harder and harder to keep up with your heating and cooling expenses, then you may want to look into things like having dual-paned windows installed, replacing old weather stripping, and replacing your siding. By replacing poorly performing siding with more efficient siding, you can really cut down on those bills.
To learn more, contact a siding replacement contractor.