Here in the Chicago area, a siding replacement project offers a return on investment between 64% and 68%, on average. Even still, many homeowners tend to put off siding replacement projects as long as possible. While we understand the reasoning behind it, waiting too long to replace your siding can lead to more expensive problems down the road.
So, how do you know if you really need to replace your siding? We’re here to help. Keep reading to learn about the most common signs that your home needs new siding.
1. YOUR SIDING IS CRACKED OR WARPED
Walk around your home and take a good look at your siding. Do you see cracks in the panels or signs of warping? Small cracks now can lead to bigger, more dangerous cracks later, so it’s best to schedule a siding replacement at the first sign of them. Similarly, warped siding can no longer properly insulate your home and should be replaced.
While looking at your siding, press it gently too. If it gives way when you touch it, it’s a sign that there is rot underneath the panels and it needs to be replaced.
2. YOUR SIDING IS SEVERELY FADED
We get plenty of sunlight here during our Illinois summers, so it’s only natural that your siding will start to fade after so much sun exposure. However, when the fading looks severe, it’s a sign that your siding is starting to lose its weatherproofing properties.
While you don’t necessarily need to replace your siding as soon as you notice this fading, it’s a good indicator that you should schedule a replacement sooner rather than later. Opt for James Hardie siding as your replacement material and you’ll never have to worry about fading issues again!
3. YOU NOTICE MOLD OR MILDEW GROWTH
When looking around your home, pay special attention to the seams. Do you need the presence of mold or mildew? If so, it’s a sign that there is moisture hiding behind your siding, potentially penetrating into your walls.
Eventually, moisture issues can lead to water damage and more expensive bills. Take mold and mildew seriously and consider replacing your siding as soon as possible.
4. YOUR SIDING IS BUBBLED OR BLISTERED
Another common sign of moisture issues is blistered or bubbled siding. When surveying your siding, look and feel for bubbles on the surface, which indicate that water is trapped within your siding.
This is often a sign that your siding can no longer properly protect your home from the outside elements like rain and snow. It’s best to replace it now before the problem gets worse.
5. YOUR ENERGY BILLS ARE HIGHER THAN NORMAL
There are plenty of reasons why your energy bill might be more expensive than in previous months, but, in some cases, your siding could be the culprit. If you notice your energy bills are getting increasingly higher but your energy habits haven’t changed, it’s worth taking a closer look at your siding.
When your siding is no longer properly insulating your home, your air conditioner and heater will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, leading to higher bills. Call the Bak Brothers team for a siding inspection to help you determine if your siding is to blame.
SCHEDULE YOUR SIDING REPLACEMENT PROJECT TODAY
Now that you’ve read this article, it’s time to head outside to take a look around your home. If you notice any of the signs we’ve mentioned above, you need to think about replacing your siding sooner rather than later.
Bak Brothers will help you navigate the process with ease! Contact us today to request a free consultation and quote on your siding replacement project.