As brisk temperatures, swirling winds, and outdoor elements come in contact with your home exterior, you can see visible damage to your siding during the spring time. Depending on how old your home’s siding is, its exposure to weathering can be much more than an eyesore. There is hidden damage that may not be visible, but there are still some telltale signs that you’ll experience. With the arrival of spring, we’ll be spending more time outdoors. As you are outside of your home, how can you determine when you need to replace your weathered siding?
Deterioration: Depending on the material of your home’s siding, the way it ages will vary. Vinyl, wood, fiber cement, and other composites will all see deterioration differently. When the siding starts to rot and deteriorate, you will see cracks in the materials, as well as gaps and waves. Plus, if you notice the siding is uneven or warped, you’ll know it’s time to think about having your siding replaced to protect your investment.
Stains: When water has seeped into the side of your home, it can cause runoffs and stains that show discoloration. Water damage can cause additional problems to your home and must be dealt with in a timely manner. You’ll be able to see if water has entered the home through streaking and scattered runoffs. If there are spots of stains that start and stop suddenly, the damage can have detrimental effects on your home. When water and others forms of moisture enter the home, it’s only a matter of time before mold appears. This may not be visible, but once you start to smell the musty odor, a replacement will be needed.
Caulk: The caulk on the joints and seams of the siding can crack, shrink, or show signs of wear over time. When caulked correctly, you shouldn’t see any seams on your home. When seams shift and the caulking fails, so will your siding.
Despite some tell-tale signs, weathered damage to your home’s siding can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. To avoid a siding failure that can expose the interior of your home, you should inspect the exterior after every storm. Many materials, like vinyl and fiber cement, stand up to storm damage and come with warranties and low maintenance so you can be confident in your siding.
If you notice any siding issues—cracks, breaks, chips, splits—your home is no longer being protected from the outdoor elements. Siding is the most important component to ensure you live comfortably and your home is protected.
The top choice for siding replacement has become fiber cement, due to its durability and resistance to rotting and deterioration over time. Our company has experts in siding replacements and installations, and we have been recognized as a James Hardie Preferred Remodeler. We can transform your home with the beautiful material of James Hardie siding, and will properly install the material for maximum longevity to allow your home to stand out for years to come.
If you’re experiencing any problems or damage to your siding, trust Sunshine Contracting Corporation to protect your home.