Springtime is here and it’s the perfect time to give your home facelift! New siding can help your house look fresh and ready for family gatherings, backyard parties, or anything else that puts a spotlight on your home’s exterior.
There are many reasons to update the siding on your home. We’re going to explore three signs your house needs new siding and two ways it will impact your budget positively.
Signs Your Siding Needs to be Replaced
Rot is starting to creep in and take over
Siding is to your house what skin is to your body. Siding is responsible for protecting your home from the elements, and, like your skin, it takes a beating from the elements. And just like your skin, it begins to show signs of aging and weaken after extended periods of time.
If you have wood siding and start to see rot creeping in-between the layers, it’s time to take action! If you catch the rot early enough, you can do a spot repair. However, once the rot has covered a large area of your house, it’s vital that you replace the siding as soon as you can. At this level, the skin of your home is no longer able to do its job effectively.
If you know that mold will only continue to be an issue for your home, selecting a new siding option that is mold resistant is key.
Siding needs to be painted often
Does it feel like you’ve had to hire a paint crew to put a fresh coat on your siding more frequently than in the past? This could be a sign that moisture has become trapped in your siding and it needs to be replaced.
If you haven’t painted your house in a while and the color isn’t as vibrant as it once was, than you might also want to check to see if new siding is needed. A fresh coat of paint might be all it needs, but unlike our skin, which cannot be replaced easily, siding should be once it gets old.
You’ll also want to pay close attention to whether inside walls are needing to be repainted due to cracked paint, or if wallpaper is peeling off the walls. These are additional signs that moisture is entering the structure of your home and the outside siding has failed to do its job and it’s time to be replaced.
Cracks Can Lead to Unwanted Guests
Just like cuts and cracks on your skin can lead to harmful bacteria entering your system, cracks in your wood or vinyl siding can lead to unpleasant results as well. Not only is this a sign that they need to be repaired or replaced, this is a sign you might have some other secondary problems to take care of. Namely, insects such as termites and small animals like mice can use those openings as a way to enter the structure of your house.
Two Ways New Siding Will Save You Money
Increase your home value
Updating your home’s siding can add some significant curb appeal to your house. Unfortunately, homebuyers tend to judge homes by the outside. If your siding is cracked, fading, falling off in places, or has mold growing on it, there is a high chance that potential buyers will pass without even stepping inside.
CNBC reported that replacing vinyl siding can add up to an 89% return on investment (ROI). They gave the example that if you spend about $9000, you’re likely to add about $8000 of that back on to the price of your home.
Just in case you were wondering, they also reported that roof replacements can bring a 75% ROI. We’ve got you covered on that as well!
Better insulation and lower power bills
Have you noticed high energy bills lately? Are certain rooms in your house colder than others? Do the inside walls feel cold in the winter, or do the exterior walls feel warmer than they should? These are all signs that you probably have an insulation problem. It’s been reported that homes can lose up to 35% of heat through the walls.
While you shouldn’t rely solely on siding to decrease energy bills, new siding can help you add warmth to your home and keep the cool in during the hot summer months. When looking at new siding, check to see what the R-Value is. The R-Value is used to measure how well various building materials insulate. Wood and vinyl siding have the highest R-values.
Remember, our team at Premiere Roofing Services is here to help you navigate all the siding options available to you. If you have any further questions, we are happy to help answer them. Just give us a call. We offer free inspections, too.