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Siding, no matter what kind, does need frequent maintenance. Occasionally you will need to replace your Omaha home siding. With age and weathering of the elements, the siding can crack or break. When that happens, bugs and water can leak in. From a budgeting and time point of view, it is best to manage the siding on an as-and-when-it-happens basis. This is a better maintenance plan than waiting to do a wholesale replacement. Remember too that siding is part of a home’s curb appeal. Knowing what to look for is always helpful.
Is It Time to Replace Your Omaha Home Siding?
Bubbles and Blisters
Look for bubbles or blisters on your home’s siding. These tend to form under the surface. Bubbles are usually an indication of water trapped inside the siding and could point to a moisture problem.
Given that the idea of siding is to stop water from getting inside and damaging your home, it’s probably a sign that repairs are needed. In this case, you will more than likely need to replace the siding to maintain the integrity of your home.
Growths on Siding
Look for fungus and patches of mold and mildew growing on your home’s exterior. If fungus or mold is growing on the siding there is most definitely moisture and water has managed to penetrate the siding.
The siding could be beyond repair if there is cracking, warping, or even worse, rotting. Rotting wood siding will be brittle to the touch and powdery. In the case of rotting wooden siding, there will be evidence of crumbling too.
Cracking, warping, and rotting siding means that water has soaked the wood fibers and they are now breaking down, thereby weakening the wood. If left, the rot will spread and further damage the siding.
Siding that is severely discolored or faded is an indication that the siding is just about no longer weatherproof. This siding should be proactively replaced before further, more serious structural damage occurs.
Needs Repainting – Again
At most, siding only needs repainting every 8 – 10 years. If the paint is peeling or chipping more frequently than that, it can be replaced with siding that is manufactured to have the color last longer. This type of modern siding option requires almost no maintenance.
Increased Energy Bills
Siding not only protects your home’s exterior but also helps with cooling and heating the interior. Aged and compromised siding can contribute to a loss of energy efficiency in your home. Review your energy bills for the past 12 months.
Obviously, siding is only one factor involved in saving money on heating and cooling, however, old, defective siding should be replaced immediately.
Interior Paint Peeling
Water can penetrate through siding into the walls which can cause damage to interior walls as well as the structure. One indicator of water or moisture in the walls is a damp smell. Damp walls are a nightmare to get rid of. It can help to inspect the inside of exterior walls with a bright light.
Even if there aren’t any signs of major defectiveness, if you have lived in your home for some years now, it may be worth calling in an Omaha home siding contractor to conduct an inspection. They should be able to give you a free quote with an itemized list of what needs doing – whether repairs or replacement.
An estimate is obligation-free and will provide a sense of the condition of your home’s siding. The goal is to prevent small relatively inexpensive problems from becoming big expensive problems, especially in the rainy season, when professionals are extremely busy.
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