The siding on your home is perhaps its most important exterior feature. Not only does the siding increase your home’s curb appeal and showcase your property’s style, but it is also the foundation of your home’s structure. Damaged or old siding is not just an eyesore that can reduce your home’s value. It can also lead to various opportunities for moisture damage and other issues.
Being able to recognize when it’s time to call a siding professional like Jireh General Contractors LLC may help you save thousands from home repairs.
As one of the leading general contractors in Silver Spring, Maryland, we list down some of the warning signs that your house needs new siding:
- Frequent Painting
If your home requires frequent painting, such as once every 5 or 6 years, it can be a sign that something is wrong with your current siding. Good siding should be able to keep its color and shape for at least 8 – 10 years, if not longer.
Siding that is cracking, peeling, or chipping is a sign that there is a fundamental problem, and that, your home’s siding needs replacement.
- Cracks, Gaps, and Holes
Cracks, gaps, and holes are unsightly. However, these exterior imperfections are not just jeopardizing the appearance of your home – they are compromising its structural integrity as well. For one, holes in exterior cladding allow moisture, the enemy of wood, to form.
Moreover, gaps and holes enable water and insects to enter your home. While some insects are relatively harmless, others (i.e. termites) are potentially devastating.
- High Cooling and Heating Bills
Are your cooling and heating bills becoming more expensive? It may be a sign that you need new siding. If your increasing energy bills are not due to a lack of attic insulation or a leaking roof, it can be an indication that something is seriously wrong with your home’s exterior wall insulation. Poorly performing siding can be a leading cause of excess cooling and heating bills.
Check your siding, including the seams where it meets the roof. If you see any gaps where cooling or heating can escape, it’s time to replace your siding.
Replacing siding may look simple, but the truth is that it’s not. The processes of painting, cutting, and fitting the siding so that it becomes windproof and waterproof can take a certain amount of expertise. Homeowners who are not familiar with replacing sidings are better off hiring professionals who can do the job.
If you are experiencing any other home structure issues, we can help. We also offer professional gutter installation and roofing installation in Silver Spring, Maryland.