When is it Time to Get New Siding?

When you pull up to your house, the first thing you notice is your siding. Is it a pleasing color? Is the siding broken, worn, old, or falling off the house? Does it make your house look aesthetically pleasing, or could your house benefit from a "face lift"?

If you notice mold growing on your siding, it could be a sign that your siding needs to be replaced. While exterior mold doesn't always signal trouble (aside from being an eyesore) it can be a sign that too much moisture is penetrating the siding, which could lead to problems inside your home.

Peeling paint or droopy wallpaper inside your home can indicate that something is wrong on the outside = your siding. The siding might be letting too much moisture seep beneath it, and that moisture gets into your wallboard and insulation. If water damage isn't bad enough, mold can start growing inside your walls and cause a whole host of additional problems with your insulation and sheetrock.

Are there any parts of your siding that appear warped or bent? Use a screwdriver to prod around and test the firmness of the layer underneath the siding. If it feels soft or rotten, it is time to replace that siding.

Dry rot is something to check for with wood siding. It can be more difficult to detect, as it is not usually noticeable to the naked eye. Take a hammer and tap around on different parts of your wood siding. Dry rot consumes the bottom layers of your wood siding. Using a hammer to test for dry rot will make your siding crumble if it is affected. Sometimes only parts of your siding need to be replaced, while other times it is recommended to start fresh and replace all the wood siding.

At Scotty's Exteriors, we are happy to help you with your questions about siding, as well as examine your home for water or mold damage. Call us today to get siding that you will be proud of when you drive in.