Your home’s siding protects it from the elements – insulating it against extreme cold and heat, inclement weather, debris and pests. But siding doesn’t last forever. When it gets to the point of not performing as it should, you’ll need to replace it to get the same benefits.
But how can you tell if it’s time to replace your home’s siding? Here are five signs from the door and window replacement companies, PJ Sullivan Exteriors to help you understand what to look for:
1. Excessive Maintenance
Are you having to paint your siding more often? Exterior paint should last at least eight to 10 years. Chipping, peeling or cracking paint on the siding is one of the first signs of decay. If your paint is only lasting five or six years, it may indicate a problem with your current siding.
2. High Energy Bills
Siding plays a large role in home insulation. A damaged siding can cause energy bills to increase due to loss of heat, which can mean that high energy bills may be proof of your need for a siding replacement.
3. Cracked, Warped or Rotting Siding
Even small cracks could point to a larger problem. Poke around. Is the layer beneath solid, or does it give way if you touch it? If there’s more rot beneath the cracked or warped portions of your siding, it might be time to call in siding and door replacement companies.
4. Loose or Missing Siding
Siding that has fallen off or is hanging on loosely can not protect the underlying structure any longer and creates an environment for excessive moisture from precipitation, as well as a home for pests and insects. Both will eventually lead to a range of damaging issues and costly repairs if ignored.
5. There Are Holes from Insects or Birds
You may have a difficult time spotting a tiny insect-caused hole in your siding, but you might discover a series of carved patterns or an army of insects marching in and out of a small opening. Holes created by birds are typically located much higher from the ground, often under eaves.
PJ Sullivan Exteriors is proud to offer a variety of high-end options for custom entry doors and luxury exteriors design, including James Hardie® fiber cement products, cedar shingles and vinyl siding. Whether you’re installing new siding or replacing old or damaged siding, we can help you pick the best option for style and function.
Call us today at (201) 473-4842 in New Jersey or (914) 352-7881 in New York, or fill out our online contact form to get started on your project.