1. Storm Damage
The most obvious sign you’ll need to replace house siding is due to storm damage. Whether it’s hail damage, such as some parts of the state saw in April, fallen trees or debris damaging your siding, you’ll know pretty quickly by sight if you need house siding replacement.
If you’re seeing your siding begin to bubble up, it’s time to replace it. Siding is supposed to keep moisture away from your walls, but bubbling indicates water has gotten behind the siding.
Are you seeing holes in your siding? If it’s steel siding, you’ve got storm damage or intentional damage. But, if you have vinyl or wood siding, you’re probably looking at insects or woodpeckers. Either way, you’ll need to identify the culprit, remove them and replace house siding to keep your structural integrity.
All siding has a life expectancy. Most siding is formulated to hold its color for as long as the siding itself is rated for, so if the color is beginning to fade, the siding has probably lived past its useful life as well. This isn’t always true, but it’s a good indicator you may need new siding.
When you’re inspecting the siding, also look for rotting and warping. When you find rotting or warping, poke it with something solid to see if it feels soft or spongy. If so, it’s a definite indication you need new siding very soon.
6. Peeling Paint/Loose Wallpaper Inside
Even if the exterior siding looks fine, you may find some damage inside such as peeling paint or loose wallpaper. These signs can be symptomatic of faulty siding allowing moisture to seep in, migrate through the wall and cause damage inside.
If peeling paint and loose wallpaper are caused by your exterior siding, it’s definitely time to replace it before more damage occurs or mold takes hold.
7. Energy Costs Rising
If you notice your energy costs beginning to rise, you may want to take a close look at your siding. Roofing and insulation can commonly be a problem as well, but siding is also often a cause of heating and cooling leakage.