12 Signs Your House Needs New Siding

12 Signs Your House Needs New Siding

Installed properly, your house’s siding can last from 20 to 50 years. Good siding keeps weather out, lowers your utility bills and provides substantial aesthetic value. But even the best siding material will eventually break down or suffer unexpected damage due to extreme weather.


Doing a quick visual inspection before the snow flies could prevent an unexpected and unpleasant emergency repair job during the coldest months of the year. Here are 12 Signs Your House Needs New Siding.


On wood siding, look for:

• Peeling or bubbling paint
• Cracked or splitting boards
• Hail damage
• Wood knots popping out (specific to cedar siding)
• Woodpeckers continually pecking at the boards


For hardboard siding, keep an eye out for:

• Swollen boards
• Peeling or flaking finish
• Delaminated surface


With vinyl siding, it may be time to replace it if you see the following:

• Chalky film on your finger after wiping it across the surface
• White streaks on foundation below siding
• Fading color
• Cracked or brittle sections


While repairing a damaged piece of siding is a task homeowners can tackle on their own, dealing with a full home replacement is best left to a siding professional. As a general rule, if more than half of your siding has this kind of damage, you should consider a total replacement by a licensed contractor.


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