While siding provides the general style and aesthetic of your home’s exterior, it also serves as an important protective layer. Its main function is to prevent the elements from getting through to the inside of the house. Throughout the years, the siding of your home will start to deteriorate. When this happens, its functionality decreases and it becomes easier for mold and mildew to grow.
Regardless of the type of siding on your home, siding decay is inevitable and regular inspections are a must. By regularly inspecting your home’s siding, you can get a better picture of the condition it is in. Here’s what to look for:
1. Mold, Mildew, Fungus
Noticeable fungus, mold, and mildew are a clear indication that water is penetrating the siding and stays inside the wall causing problems that can lead to extensive damage.
2. Loose or Cracked Siding
It is not uncommon to have 1-2 loose panels of siding on your home. This simply means that minor repairs are needed. But if multiple pieces of siding are loose or missing, then there could be a more severe problem that would require professional assistance.
Noticing bubbles under the surface of your siding? This is a clear sign that water is being trapped underneath. This means that the siding needs immediate replacement as it no longer is able to keep water away from the house’s interior walls.
4. Warping and Rippling
As siding gets old, it may start to warp and ripple. Not only is this aesthetically unattractive, but it can be an entry point for water and moisture to seep in and cause the exterior of your home to rot.
5. High Energy Bills
Most homeowners don’t associate high heating and cooling bills with their siding, because there are a variety of factors that can cause a sudden spike in energy bills. Normally the first inspection occurs on your roof or in your attic. However, old siding could also be the culprit. For 100% assurance, contact professionals to inspect your siding and install new, modern sidings immediately.
6. Faded Sidings
Throughout the years, siding will deteriorate as a result of wear and tear. A fading and unattractive siding generally means that it is reaching the end of its natural lifespan and its waterproofing abilities are fading as well.
The main function of siding is to prevent water and moisture from getting into the inside of the house. However, siding, just like every other product, naturally deteriorates over the years. If you experience one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, it is best to get it repaired or replaced immediately before it causes excessive water damage. If you have already started to see mold surface in the interior or exterior of your home, contact Entrusted immediately for a free assessment of your damage.