How does your siding look lately? When you see your home’s exterior, are you proud of its appearance, or do you immediately think it’s time for an update? Even the best siding won’t last forever, and knowing when to replace it ensures your Northern New Jersey home stays attractive, safe, and comfortable. If you’re not sure how to tell when you need new vinyl siding, New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc. suggests a few clear signs that you should consult with a contractor.
Damage Adding Up
Time, weather, and the sun’s UV rays all take a toll on your siding. These effects are likely to appear much earlier on natural wood siding, but can also impact vinyl siding as years turn into decades. When fading, stains, dents, holes, and other damage begin to diminish the look of your siding, it’s time for replacement.
It’s also important to remember that superficial damage can add up over time and may signal deeper problems. Big holes are obvious, but even tiny chips or gaps allow moisture to invade. Small openings are also doorways for pests, like wasps, termites, or even mice. If you’re not sure about the extent of any visible damage, contact an expert who can assess your siding’s condition and determine if replacement is necessary.
Out of Shape
Over time, aging siding may weaken and sag. This results in unsightly bulges, wrinkles, and cracks. In extreme cases, siding can even come loose and peel away, especially after high winds or a severe storm. If your home has seen recent extreme weather, check for warping and tearing in your siding. Even subtle misalignment can be a cause for concern. Look carefully for any places where your siding seems crooked, misshapen, or is showing gaps between sections. If you find any, it’s time for new siding.
Moisture and Mold
As your siding ages, it becomes more susceptible to water damage and rot. Chips, holes, or gaps left between warping sections create openings for water to seep in. When it does, rot, mold, and mildew form and even lead to structural damage. In addition, many molds are toxic and cause health problems if not safely removed.
To check for water damage, use a screwdriver to prod the material underneath your siding. A soft, crumbly texture is a sign of intrusive moisture. If the problem is extreme enough, you may notice issues inside your home as well. Check for dampness, stains, and bubbling on interior walls. Unexplained leaks and water damage may mean that your siding is no longer keeping your home safe from the elements and needs to be replaced.
Higher Utility Bills
Siding should play a role in the insulation of your home, helping to keep your family comfortable without constantly raising the thermostat. Unfortunately, siding and insulation grow less effective with age, allowing chilly drafts inside through gaps, cracks, and holes. Whether you’ve felt this unwanted airflow or just noticed your heating and cooling costs rising as you try to maintain a consistent temperature, deteriorating siding could be to blame.
Get a Free Quote for New Vinyl Siding
Have you noticed any of these signs that it’s time for new vinyl siding? If so, contact New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc. today. Our experienced team will assess the condition of your siding, explain the high-quality brands we install and provide a free quote to help you get started. For more information about vinyl siding in North Jersey, please call 973-895-1113 to speak with a representative.