Siding protects the exterior of a structure from potential harm. It also gives it an esthetically pleasing look and adds “curb appeal” and character. But if the siding has become old, worn or discoloured, it can detract from the overall appearance of your home and even have an adverse effect on the neighbourhood. Some reasons to replace siding might be obvious – there are holes and dents – but if you just don’t like the appearance of the siding anymore, that’s a valid reason too.
Damaged or Old Siding
Particularly if you own an older home, aging siding can be the perfect invitation for mushroom growth, mildew or mold. Or if defective siding has been installed, these conditions can also occur. A good indicator that your siding might have issues is if internal fogging appears on windows or if you feel drafts. Replacing siding can be the best solution. Other signs that your existing siding has become damaged are: crumbling, bubbling or flaking of surface paint, and changes in texture (smooth turns pitted).
Replacing the existing siding can improve the energy efficiency of your home. In turn, improving energy efficiency will help to lower heating and cooling costs by adding insulation or some other type of moisture barrier underneath the new siding.
With today’s technological advances, most types including vinyl siding, aluminum siding and some types of composite siding, require very little maintenance. If your home has an old type of siding that needs repainting every five years, replacing it can save you money on maintenance costs.
Siding defines a home and gives it character. If your home is an older one, the siding can look dated. Even if your home is relatively new, you might want to replace the siding to give your home an entirely different appearance.
When it comes time to sell your home, if you have replaced the siding within the past three years, it will increase its resale value.