New siding does a home a world of good. For example, not only does new siding give your home a fresh look, it can even significantly improve your property value. And still, some homeowners tend to forget about their home’s exterior. Did you know that if you don’t replace siding when warning signs start to pop up, you can run into expensive trouble down the road?
In today’s busy world, home exteriors are often considered an afterthought, which is really unfortunate when you consider how much damage neglected siding can cause. Of course, we can’t expect everyone to notice the small details in their siding like a professional, but homeowners need to pay attention to the following 5 big red flags.
- Damage from birds and wildlife
The birds that live in your backyard can help create the perfect atmosphere as they sing their songs and fly around. That is until they start to see your home’s siding as pecking practice. Birds can do a lot more damage than you think, and in the North Carolina area, there are a variety of species that can cause damage over a prolonged period of time. In addition, tree branches and bushes can end up trapping moisture throughout if you don’t prune them back.
- Holes and Cracks
Many common siding products can’t stand up to a lot of impact. For many siding solutions, even something as common as a rogue fastball can cause a nice crater, which exposes your home’s exterior to the elements. Holes and cracks are common in siding, but they should not be brushed off, especially when a siding professional can often provide an effective fix in no time at all.
- Discoloration or Peeling Paint
Once again, lower quality products fail to stand the test of time. A big indicator that it’s time for new and stronger siding is faded or tinted color. Especially in the South, the sun takes a toll on a homes’ exterior, which not only makes it seem unsightly, it weakens its structure and integrity. Peeling paint is also a common form of this deterioration. Whenever you see flakes of paint start to chip away, it’s time to talk to a siding expert.
- Loose Siding
This is a significant issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Loose siding is often the result of either poor installation, poor product or impact. This situation can leave your home vulnerable to mold, mildew and fungus. The problem with loose siding is that it goes beyond one panel. Instead, it acts like a domino effect and can have an impact on the home as a whole. This is also another reason why larger pieces and less seams are preferable.
- Bubbled and Warped Siding
Does your home look like it’s melting or boiling? It’s not a mirage, but it is because of the heat. Siding professionals see this all the time, and while it is definitely an eyesore, it’s also most likely causing your AC/heating bills to rise because the siding is pulling away from the framing, making your system run less efficiently. The cause can be a number of things related to heat. In fact, in Wake Forest, a homeowner saw that the reflection of her windows were causing this warping.
Keep in mind, while there are plenty of “quick solutions” online for all five of these indicators, you should only trust a professional home exterior solution. These five issues can cause serious damage to your home and raise your bills significantly. The good news? We’re here to help! O.C. Taylor provides the nation’s best siding solutions to the Raleigh area and ensures that our customers are 100% satisfied with our work.
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