Recognizing the Warning Signs of Severe Siding Damage
Your home’s siding isn’t just the first thing onlookers see when viewing your home from the curb -- it is also a protective shell that keeps environmental threats (such as sunlight, wind, and rain) at bay. As such, taking care of your siding is imperative for maintaining your home’s appeal, value, and integrity. Of course, no amount of maintenance can completely prevent the reality of wear and tear. That’s why, in addition to cleaning your siding with a pressure washer once or twice a year, you should also regularly inspect it for signs of damage.
Let’s go over some of the key cues that indicate severe siding damage so you can take proper action.
If you notice changes in your siding’s color, this may be a sign of water damage, rot, mold, or mildew. More specifically, look for splotches and streaks of green, yellow, brown, grey, and black. If this discoloration is isolated and relatively small in area, pressure washing services may be able to remedy this situation fairly easily. But if the problem is more widespread, a replacement job may be in order.
Peeling, Chipping, Bubbling
Not all siding is painted (or paintable), but if your siding is painted, keep an eye on how well the exterior house paint is adhering to the surface. Peeling, chipping, and/or bubbling paint may occur due to water intrusion, excessive sunlight, and/or extreme temperatures. And the longer you leave your siding in such a state, the more vulnerable your home is to all types of environmental harm.
Your siding should remain sturdy and lie flat against your home. Otherwise, it opens the door for moisture, pests, bacteria, and other harmful actors to damage and enter your home. So, look for warped, bent siding during your regular inspections. Warping is a sign of rot and/or water damage, both of which need immediate addressing.
Cracked siding may be caused by a number of factors, such as impact, pest, thermal shock, erosion, etc. Not only are these fractures or holes eyesores -- they also lead to additional problems, allowing further moisture, debris, pests, etc. to gain entry. Before power washing siding, it’s important to fill and repair any cracks so moisture doesn’t get trapped inside and/or you don’t exacerbate the abrasion.
When inspecting your siding for damage, it makes sense to start by looking directly at your home’s exterior. However, it’s important to keep your eyes peeled on your home’s interior, too. After all, a breach in your siding can affect the inside of your home. So, if you notice an influx of pests (insects, mice, etc.) in your home, water damage behind your walls, peeling wallpaper, and related problems, your siding’s condition might be to blame.
Increasing Energy Costs
Finally, not all signs of severe siding damage are readily visible at all. A spike in your energy bills might indicate a problem with your siding since your siding is the first line of defense against the elements. Of course, high energy costs may also relate to your insulation, windows, doors, and more. This is why it’s important to act quickly and find the root cause(s) of this problem.
Follow the Signs of Damaged Siding
If you want to take good care of your home, you cannot ignore your siding. While you should always inspect your siding in preparation for exterior home painting, make a habit of checking up on your exterior on a regular basis as well. Catching problems early on can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. And if you’re still not sure what to look for, the experts at Nash Painting can help.
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